Story about Papraca Monastery in Zvornik

Source: Sarajevo Times

December 10, 2020


The municipality of Zvornik covers 387 km2 and ranges from 135-600 meters above sea level. It is very rich in natural resources, primarily limestone, wood, and mineral water springs (notably the seven springs of Vitinicki Kiseljak which is one of the many tasty Bosnian mineral waters).

The Drina River itself is the greatest attraction in Zvornik. Rafting or canoeing around Zvornik has some really fantastic spots as does fishing in the region south of the high dam. The mild climate and land structure suit the production of berries, plums, cherries, and vegetables. This town has two annual festivals. In July, there is a week-long cultural festival with folk, jazz and rock bands performing on the river bank. In May or June, there is the annual canoeing competition. KKK Drina Zvornik, the canoe club in Divic that organises this competition, also rents canoes and water scooters at reasonable prices.

If there is sufficient interest, they will also take you to Srebrenica for a canoe trip from there to Bratunac, or even all the way back to the dam in Zvornik. Papraca Monastery in Sekovici is located about 20 kilometers southwest from Zvornik. The earliest written mentioning dates back to 1550. Lovnica Monastery, with a church devoted to St. George, is located several kilometers north from Sekovici.

A lot of documents are preserved in this church, as is some of the work of Longina, one of the most famous Serb painters of the 16th century. The tiny convent is open for visitors, and the nuns will open the old church’s wooden door with a huge brass key to show you around. Some of the icons and frescoes date back to the 16th century. In Kula Grad, a village that is part of Zvornik municipality, there is an Ottoman fort from which you have a superb view on the town.

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