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SRPSKI
Manastir Ljubostinja se nalazi u blizini Trstenika i 9 km severoistočno od Vrnjačke Banje. Smešten je u dolini male planinske reke (Ljubostinjska reka). To je zadužbina kneginje Milice

Ljubostinja
Posvećen je Uspenju presvete Bogorodice. Manastir je građen od 1388. do 1405. godine. U Ljubostinji su sahranjene kneginja Milica, žene kneza Lazara i monahinja Jefimija, koje su se posle Kosovske bitke ovde zamonašile sa brojnim udovicama srpskih vlastelina izginulih u bojevima na Marici i Kosovu polju. Danas je Ljubostinja ženski manastir koji čuva i održava oko pedeset monahinja. Za vreme Kočine bune iz manastira ljubostinje je narod pozvan na ustanak. Posle propasti bune Turci su zapalili manastir da bi se osvetili Srbima. Tada je većina fresaka uništena. Takođe kada je manastir zapaljen otkrivena je tajna riznica koja je bila sakrivena u manastirskom zidu iza ikone u kojoj je kneginja Milica sakrila svoje blago. Među opljačkanim blagom nalazila se i kruna kneza Lazara koja se danas nalazi u Istanbulu. Manastir slavi 19. avgust, Preobraženje.

Arhitektura i slikarstvo
Manastir Ljubostinja je trikonhalne osnove razvijenog tipa sa kupolom i pripratom. Zidan je pritesanim kamenom, dok su fasade premalterisane i islikane tako da imitiraju zidanje kamenom i opekom. Manastir je građen u Moravskom stilu. Graditelj je protomajstor Rade Borović, čije se ime nalazi na pragu prolaza iz priprate u naos. Živopis je samo delimično sačuvan, rađen je u dva navrata. U priprati se nalaze portreti kneza Lazara i kneginje Milice koje je načinio jeromonah Makarije. Od slikarskih dela sačuvana su još: "Veliki praznici", "Stradanja", "Čuda"... U crkvi se nalazi i veoma vredan ikonostas koji je 1822. godine oslikao Nikola Marković.Ljubostinja je proglašena spomenikom kulture od izuzetnog značaja 1979, i ona je zaštićena od strane Republike Srbije.

ENGLISH
Ljubostinja is a Serbian Orthodox monastery near Trstenik,and 9 km northeast of the Vrnjačka Banja. Serbia. Located in the small mountain valley of the Ljubostinja river. Monastery is dedicated to the Holy Virgin. The monastery was built from the 1388 to 1405. In Ljubostinja were buried Princess Milica, Lazar Hrebeljanović's wife and Nun Jefimija, which after the Battle of Kosovo here became a nun along with a number of other widows of Serbian noblemans who lost their life's in the battles on the river Maritsa and Kosovo Polje. Today Ljubostinja is female monastery which preserves and maintains about fifty nuns. During the rebellion of Kočine, the people were invited on rebellion from the Ljubostinje monastery. After the collapse of rebellion Turks burned the monastery to revenge the Serbs, and most of the frescoes were destroyed. Also, when the monastery was set on fire a secret treasure was discovered that was hidden in the monastery wall behind icons in which the Princess Milica hid their treasure. Among the stolen treasure was located Crown of Prince Lazar, which is now located in Istanbul.

Monastery Ljubostinja have one dome and narthex. It was built with trimmed stones, while the facade are re-plastered and painted to imitate masonry of stone and bricks. The monastery was built in the Morava Style. The builder is master Rade Borović, whose name is on the threshold of the passage from the narthex to nave. Paintings is only partially preserved, and it was built on two occasions. In the narthex are portraits of Prince Lazar and Princess Milica made by Hieromonk Makarije. From the painting works are still preserved: "Great Holidays," "Passion," "Miracles" ... The church also have very valuable iconostasis, which was painted by Nikola Marković in 1822.
Ljubostinja was declared Monument of Culture of Exceptional Importance in 1979, and it is protected by Republic of Serbia.

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