Vavila, Metropolitan of Zeta

Vavila (Serbian Cyrillic: Вавила, before 1485 – 1520) was the Metropolitan of Zeta from c. 1494 to 1504.

Vavila
Metropolitan of Zeta (Cetinje)
MetropolisZeta
SeeCetinje
Installed1493
Term ended1504
PredecessorVisarion
SuccessorRoman
Other post(s)Vicar bishop (1485)
Personal details
BornUnknown
Died1520
DenominationSerbian Orthodox
ResidenceCetinje

Biography Edit

The first mention of Vavila dates to January 4, 1485, in the charter issued by Ivan Crnojević (r. 1465–1490);[1] the Old Cetinje Monastery was built in 1484–85, at which time the Metropolitan of Zeta was Visarion, while Vavila was mentioned as his vicar[1] bishop (1485).[2] Vavila succeeded Visarion,[1] though it is not known when exactly this would have taken place, as the oldest found source mentions Vavila as such in 1494.

Vavila blessed Hieromonk Makarije's Cetinje Octoechos,[3] printed at the Crnojević printing house in 1494, in which he was mentioned as the Metropolitan of Zeta.[1] In 1496, Prince Đurađ IV Crnojević of Zeta (r. 1489–1496) abdicated the rule to Stefan II Crnojević, an Ottoman vassal, and Zeta then became part of the Sanjak of Scutari of the Ottoman Empire in 1499.[4]

In 1504, Roman is mentioned as the Metropolitan of Zeta.[1] In 1514, Zeta was separated from the Sanjak of Scutari and established as the separate Sanjak of Montenegro, under the rule of Skenderbeg Crnojević.[4] In 1516, Vavila was elected as ruler of Montenegro by its clans. This event marked the foundation of the Prince-Bishopric of Montenegro.

Vavila died in 1520.[1]

References Edit

  1. ^ a b c d e f Aleksandar Stamatović. "Zetska episkopija i Crnogorska mitropolija do Petrovićkog perioda".
  2. ^ Denkschriften. Vol. 64. In Kommission bei Alfred Hölder. 1920. p. 49. Das 1485 gegründete Kloster von Cetinje wird ausdrücklich als die künftige ,mitropolija zetska' erwähnt. Genannt werden 1483 — 1485 Yisarion als Metropolit der Zeta und neben ihm der Bischof (episkop) Vavila, der dann später.
  3. ^ William Denton (1877). Montenegro, its people and their history. Dalby, Isbister & Company. p. 149.
  4. ^ a b Ćorović, Vladimir (1933). Istorija Jugoslavije (in Serbian). Beograd: Narodno Delo. Retrieved 27 April 2011. Год. 1499. припојена је била Црна Гора скадарском санџакату. Али, год. 1514. одвојио је султан поново и поставио јој за управника, као санџак-бега, потурченог Станишу, односно Скендер-бега Црнојевића.