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IMMOVABLE CULTURAL MONUMENTS DATA BASE
Name: Lady of Hvostan monastery
Municipality: Istok
Location (place, town, city): Vrela
Institute: Institute for the Protection of Cultural Monuments of Serbia
Regional institute: Office for the Preservation of the Cultural Heritage in Kosovo and Metohija, Leposavić
CR No.: CM 1379
Date of inscription in the CR: 30.12.1997
Category: NCM of outstanding value
Type: Cultural monument
Year/period of construction: 13th century

The Lady of Hvostan monastery is at the foot of Mokra mountain, near Vrela settlement, 20km north of Peć, Kosovo and Metohija. A three-nave basilica with a narthex belong to an early Byzantine period, erected by the mid 6th century. In the 1230’s a church dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin was built on its foundations, and it was the centre of a diocese. It was a one-nave structure with a dome and an altar apse, semicircular from the inside and rectangular from the outside. The church corresponds to the Rascia School architecture.
In 1381 the Hvostan diocese was made an archdiocese (metropolitan). Most probably at the time of the Great Migrations in 1690, the Lady of Hvostan monastery was abandoned, which led to its disintegration. The ruins of the monastery complex were investigated in 1930 and from 1966 to 1970 when the remains of church, residential quarters and sections of the fortification were conserved.