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The Legend of Koroglas Monastery – Asociaţia Pro-Mehedinţi

Thematic route: The cultural heritage route

Name of the touristic attraction: The Legend of Koroglas Monastery

Description: There is an old legend linked to the Koroglas Monastery, located near Milosevo, close to Negotin. There are many testimonies about this place, but one is particularly interesting.

When during the excavations near the village of Milosevo, the archaeologists found an old cemetery with the remains of about 150 deaths and also found that in the 14th century the Koroglas Monastery near Milosevo was built, the people of Eastern Serbia, have developed a strong attitude that their hero Kraljevic (prince) Marko may have been buried nearby.

It is still believed that his grave “flew” from Romania to Serbia, centuries ago; therefore, those who have persistently sought the roots of this legend appear each year in the village of Milosevo near Negotin. And there is an addition to this legend: how, in the tomb of Marko, there is a hidden treasure given to him by his fairy mistress Ravijojla in Miroc Mountain. The story was transferred from one generation to the next, as there would be a hidden map, drawn on an old cattle skin, with symbols that lead to this treasure.

How did Marko appear in Krajina? The local tradition says that he has reached this area on the back of his horse Sarac, glorified in poetry; although badly injured, he swam over the Danube from Wallachia after a severe battle at Rovine. Later, King Milutin of Serbia built the Koroglas Monastery in the place where Mark died.

Who was Kraljevic Marko, the famous hero appreciated in epic poetry? As a Turkish vassal, he participated and died in the Battle of Rovine, between the Sultan Bayezid and the Duke Mircea in 1395. The battle took place on the other side of the Danube River, at the Jiu River. Felix Kanitz, the famous writer and historian of the nineteenth century, has testified that he saw the neighboring stone wall with the following inscription “Zdi zamce Kralje Mark”, which means “Here, Kraljevic Marko stopped seeing the Sun”. And that Marko’s tomb certainly flew over the Danube, from Romania to Serbia. Marko Mrnjavcevic, known as Marko Kraljevic, was the Serbian king. He lived ahead and shortly after the Kosovo battle. He reigned between 1371 and 1395 and was and has remained the most enigmatic popular Serbian epic hero. The many verses of epic heroism, his horse, Sarac and the fairy mistress Ravijojla on Mount Miroc are related to Marko.