Piva Monastery - Pluzine

Monastery Piva Montenegro

Monastery Piva - Monastery that was once moved


Piva Monastery or Church of the Assumption of the Holy Mother of God is located near the source of the Piva River in northern Montenegro. The monastery was originally located at the source of the Piva River, approximately 3 kilometers away from and 100 meters below the junction of the proposed Mratinje Dam, a hydroelectric plant. Begun in 1969 and completed in 1982, the monastery was moved to its current position, which included the removal and replacement of over 1000 fresco fragments, covering 1,260 square meters.
Piva has the unique distinction of having been built with the permission of the Ottoman rulers over a period of a little more than a decade, from 1573 to 1586. Its founder Savatije Sokolović, was a kinsman of the Grand Vizier Mehmed Pasha Sokolovic, who was kidnapped from his home as a boy and rise to become one of the most renowned statesmen to three sultans -- Suleiman the Magnificent, Selim I and Murad III. As a result the church at Piva monastery contains a fresco depicting Savatije and Sokollu Mehmed Pasha a rarity for a Christian church adorned with a portrait of a convert.
Montenegro Guide Church Monastery Piva
Monastery Piva
Much of the church was decorated by Greek painters between 1604 and 1606 and contains many frescoes. Other parts of the church, dating from 1626, were painted by Kozma who also painted many of the icons on the iconostasis.

The monastery contains archives, a library, and a treasury with 183 books and nearly 280 other items reported in 1991, including ritual objects, rare liturgical books, art and objects of precious metals. Also featured is a psalm from the Crnojevići printing press (1493–1496), which was the first printing press in the Balkans. It is dated to 1494 and was discovered by chance among other papers in the library of the monastery.