Eparchy of Mileševa

Eparchy of Mileševa is the one of eparchies of the Serbian Orthodox Church, and is seated in Prijepolje, in the Mileševa monastery.

Eparchy of Mileševa
TerritorySouthwestern Serbia and
Pljevlja, Montenegro
HeadquartersPrijepolje, Serbia
DenominationEastern Orthodox
Sui iuris churchSerbian Orthodox Church
Established1219 (renewed in 1992)
CathedralCathedral of St. Basil of Ostrog the Miracle Worker, Prijepolje
LanguageChurch Slavonic
Current leadership
BishopAtanasije (Rakita)
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The establishment of the EparchyEdit

Eparchy is based in the valley Lim (river) and laid on the foundation of the Mileševa monastery, established in the first half of the 13th century. Eparchy has often changed the name, but he always had a seat in the Mileševa monastery. On the Establishment Mileševo Metropolia very little is known. In a service Saint Sava it is called "Glorious Archbishopric". One Metropolitan Bishop of Mileseva, whose name is unknown, crowned ban Tvrtko I of Bosnia as Serbian king and Bosnian King in 1377. The first Metropolitan Bishop of Mileseva whose name is known to us, is David. He was a "close associate to HercegStjepan Vukčić Kosača and his sons. " When Herceg Stjepan Vukčić Kosača drawing up a will, Metropolitan Bishop of Mileseva David, wrote and was a witness during the signing of the same.

After the Metropolitan David (Metropolitan of Mileseva), and probably under the influence of connection Metropolitanate with the space and the rulers of Hercegovina, hierarchs of Mileseva assume the title of Metropolitan Herzegovina and Milesevo. During the next three centuries Metropolitan and the Eparchy dwells in the Mileševa monastery.

Restoration of Mileševa EparchyEdit

The first impetus for the establishment of the Eparchy, was to extend the title Bishop of Budimlja Bishop of Budimlje-Polimski. This happened after World War II, and it lasted only a decade. Finally, the Eparchy of Mileševa the western part of the Raška (region), Middle Polimlje and Potarje formed the 1992. year, and since then its center, of the Monastery Mileseva, standing Bishops Georgije Đokić, Vasilije Veinović and Filaret Mićević. Since 2017, the Bishop of eparchy is Atanasije Rakita.


Monasteries in SerbiaEdit

Kumanica Monastery

Monasteries in MontenegroEdit

Bishops of MileševaEdit

See alsoEdit



  • Ćirković, Sima (2004). The Serbs. Malden: Blackwell Publishing. ISBN 9781405142915.
  • Mileševska eparhija danas („Pravoslavlje“, br. 909, 1. februar 2005.)