Monastery of St. Petka

The monastery church is dedicated to Paraskevi of Rome (Sv. Petka Rimljanka)(August 8)

Church of St. Petka in Berkasovo was built in 1884 as a parish church, on the site of a 19th-century log church, which was probably built next to a spring believed to have healing properties. It is not known who the patron of the church is. The modern konak next to the church, of recent construction, is the endowment of Dragomir Savić. The entire complex: a konak, a harmonious church, a spring of healing water and a summer altar dedicated to the Holy Trinity, which is rounded off by appropriate infrastructure (spacious parking, toilet) is very nicely and neatly built. This religious complex as a women’s monastery has existed since 2008.

The iconostasis of the church of St. Petka were painted by Miloš Ostojić, and the carving was done by Dragan and Stevan Šaponja. Wall paintings are the work of Nenad Tošić. Iconostasis and wall painting were done in the first decade of the 21st century.

The church of the monastery is dedicated to St. Petka (Sv. Petka), a Roman woman killed for the Christian faith in the 2nd century. In the monastery church there is a fresco with her image. She is presented here holding the skin of the face with the eyes in her hands, as a representation of the miracle she performed by throwing hot resin at the emperor, the resin in which she stood as a punishment, blinding him, so that, after having believed in the Christian God, she could restore his sight.

On the opposite wall of the church there is a fresco depicting St. Petka born in Epivatus, a saint who, according to Bishop Nikolaj Velimirović, was of Serbian origin, and her relic (for a time kept in the chapel on Kalemegdan) is today located in the Romanian city of Iași. The monastery therefore also celebrates October 27 – a day dedicated to this saint.

In the monastery church are kept the particles of the relic of St. Petka (Sv. Petka), particles of the vestments of St. Simeon of Dajbab (Sv. Simeon Dajbabski) and St. Arsenije Sremac (Sv. Arsenije Sremac).

Schedule of liturgies: every morning.

TOURIST INFORMATION: The appropriate way of dressing is implied (for women covered head, long skirt, long sleeves, and for men long trousers and shirt). Access to the spring is free at the time when the entrance to the monastery complex is open. A group visit to the monastery should be announced early via phone number: +381 (0)62 86 25 955 (12.00–17.00).


Berkasovo, Serbia