In the Žitomislić monastery, a museum is opened yesterday in which a valuable monastery treasury is exposed returned to this shrine after 27 years, and makes it a collection of icons and arts among the three largest in BiH.
The Director of the Republika Srpska Secretariat for Religions Dragan Davidović opened the museum. The Government of the Republika Srpska was financed to a large extent the construction of this building, and the assistance was provided by the Federal Ministry of Culture.
Davidović stressed that this museum is the image of the Serb people in Herzegovina, its past and future, and that its opening is part of the program of marking 800 years of Serbian Orthodox Church /SPC/ independence.
“The monastery has lost the frescoes of enormous artistic value. Regardless that the past is exposed, the museum in its installation looks at its future.. We did not emphasize the amount of evil that has collapsed in this monastery in several hundred years”, said Davidović and he added that in the museum there are only two capitals with broken columns which symbolize the destruction of the monastery.
The abbot of the Žitomislić Monastery Danilo pointed out that the opening of this museum is of great importance for the whole of Mostar and BiH, because it is a significant collection of icons, artworks and handwritten and early written books.
“All this is showing that our monastery and our people live here for centuries and leaving behind a rich trail”, said the abbot Danilo.
In the museum installation there are about fifty icons from the period from the 16th to the 18th century – the works of the Serbian, Italian-Cretan and Russian authors.
The Žitomislić monastery was built in 1566, the same year as the Old Bridge in Mostar.
The Žitomislić monastery is the foundation of Miloradović family, who in 1566 received a permit for the restoration of a monastery from Nevesinje’s judge, which indicates that there was a temple in that place before.
From then till today, the monastery Žitomislić is the most important spiritual and cultural centre of Orthodox believers in Herzegovina.
The monastery was rebuilt in 2005, when the blissfully decease patriarch of Serbia Pavle blessed. It was proclaimed a national monument of BiH.