Uprising in Banat

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Uprising in Banat
Part of Ottoman–Serbian Wars
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Map of the uprising.
Date 1594
Location Banat, Eyalet of Temeşvar, Ottoman Empire (modern Serbia)
Result Ottoman victory
Local Serb peasants Ottoman Empire
Commanders and leaders
Teodor Nestorović
Sava Temišvarac
voivode Velja Mironić
Koca Sinan Pasha

The Uprising in Banat in 1594 was a Serbian uprising against Ottoman rule in the Eyalet of Temeşvar. It was led by Teodor Nestorović, the Bishop of Vršac, and other leaders such as Sava Temišvarac and Velja Mironić.


In 1594, Serbs rose up against Ottoman rule in Banat, during the Long War (1591–1606)[1] which was fought at the Austrian-Ottoman border in the Balkans. The Serbian patriarchate and rebels had established relations with foreign states,[1] and had in a short time captured several towns, including Vršac, Bečkerek, Lipova, Titel and Bečej, though the uprising was quickly suppressed. The rebels had, in the character of a holy war, carried war flags with the icon of Saint Sava,[2] the founder of the Serbian Orthodox Church and an important figure in medieval Serbia. The war banners had been consecrated by Patriarch Jovan Kantul,[1] and the uprising had been aided by Serbian Orthodox metropolitans Rufim Njeguš of Cetinje and Visarion of Trebinje.[3] Ottoman Grand Vizier Koca Sinan Pasha ordered the green flag of the Prophet Muhammed to be brought from Damascus to counter the Serb flag, as well as the sarcophagus and relics of Saint Sava located in the Mileševa monastery be brought by military convoy to Belgrade.[1][2] Along the way, the Ottoman convoy had people killed in their path so that the rebels in the woods would hear of it.[2] The relics were publicly incinerated by the Ottomans on a pyre on the Vračar plateau, and the ashes scattered, on April 27, 1595.[1][2] According to Nikolaj Velimirović the flames were seen over the Danube.[2]

Eventually, the uprising was crushed, and most of the Serbs from this region, fearing Ottoman retaliation, fled to Transylvania, leaving the Banat region deserted. The Ottoman authorities, who needed population in this fertile land, promised clemency to all who returned. The Serb population did come back, but the authorities' mercy did not apply to the leader of the rebellion, Bishop Teodor Nestorović, who was flayed as a punishment.


In 1596 revolts spread into Ottoman Montenegro and the neighbouring tribes in Herzegovina, especially under influence of Metropolitan Visarion.[3] Duke Grdan and Serbian Patriarch Jovan Kantul (s. 1592–1614) led an uprising in the Nikšić region and its surroundings.


The size of the uprising is illustrated in a Serbian epic poem: "Sva se butum zemlja pobunila, Šest stotina podiglo se sela, Svak na cara pušku podigao!" ("The whole land has rebelled, six hundred villages arose, everybody pointed his gun against the emperor").

The Church of Saint Sava was built between 1985 and 1989 on the Vračar plateau, on the location where his remains were burned in 1595 by Sinan Pasha. From its location, it dominates Belgrade's cityscape, and is perhaps the most monumental building in the city.


  • Uprising in Banat (Ustanak u Banatu/Устанак у Банату) and Banat Uprising (Banatski ustanak/Банатски устанак). Also Serb Uprising in Banat (Устанак Срба у Банату)


  1. ^ a b c d e Mitja Velikonja (5 February 2003). Religious Separation and Political Intolerance in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Texas A&M University Press. pp. 75–. ISBN 978-1-58544-226-3. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Nikolaj Velimirović (January 1989). The Life of St. Sava. St. Vladimir's Seminary Press. p. 159. ISBN 978-0-88141-065-5. 
  3. ^ a b Editions speciales. Naučno delo. 1971. Дошло ]е до похреаа Срба у Ба- нату, ко]и су помагали тадаппьи црногоски владика, Херувим и тре- бюьски, Висарион. До покрета и борбе против Ту рака дошло ]е 1596. године и у Цр- иэ] Гори и сус]едним племенима у Харцеговгаш, нарочито под утица- ]ем поменутог владике Висариона. Идупе, 1597. године, [...] Али, а\адика Висарион и во]вода Грдан радили су и дал>е на организован>у борбе, па су придобили и ... 


  • Dušan Belča, Mala istorija Vršca, Vršac, 1997.
  • Dušan J. Popović, Srbi u Vojvodini, vol. 1-3, Novi Sad, 1990.