The Virgin of Krajina ~ Krajina


The Monastery of the Virgin of Krajina, known also as Our Immaculate Lady of Krajina is situated in Krajina, on the southeast coast of Skadar Lake, near the village of Ostros.

The church in Krajina was first mentioned at the end of the 10th century in the Chronicle of the priest of Doclea, when Petrislav, the father of Prince Vladimir, was buried there. In the 11th century, Krajina was referred to as the seat, i.e. court of Prince Vladimir. In 1015, his mortal remains were transferred from Prespa to the Church of St. Mary, built, according to tradition, by his wife Kosara, a daughter of emperor Samuil. In the 15th century, Krajina was the see of the metropolitan of Zeta.

Today, the monastic complex is in a ruined state. Only one bell tower has been largely preserved in the western end of a bigger chamber, built adjoining the western side of the church dedicated to Assumption of the Virgin. The chamber is supposed to have been used as residential space or refectory. The tower was a five-storey construction, with wooden ceilings. A small chapel with an apse was housed on the fourth storey. Nowadays the tower has been partly reconstructed. Of the massive walls of the complex, only scarce remains have survived in the north. Remains of the walls, probably built in a later period, are also found near the church, but they require further research.

The position of the monastery was not particularly convenient for its defense. However, if we accept as true that the seat of Prince Vladimir was called Krajina, and if that name refers to the surroundings of the monastic complex, than we can assume that the nearby steep hills spreading towards the lake served for the defense, as well.