Eparchy of Žiča

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Eparchy of Žiča
Territory Central parts of Republic of Serbia
Headquarters Kraljevo, Republic of Serbia
Denomination Eastern Orthodox
Sui iuris church Serbian Orthodox Church
Established 1219
Language Church Slavonic
Current leadership
Bishop Justin Stefanović
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Eparchy of Žiča is one of the eparchies of the Serbian Orthodox Church in the Republic of Serbia. It is seated in Kraljevo, in the Monastery of Žiča. Since 2014, diocesan bishop is Justin Stefanović.[1]


The Eparchy of Žiča is named after the Monastery of Žiča that was built around 1208 by Grand Prince Stefan Nemanjić of Serbia, who brought in Greek builders to construct the monastery. In 1219, first Serbian Archbishop Saint Sava chose Žiča to be the Serbian Archiepiscopal seat (Archbishopric of Žiča). Since then, Archdiocese of Žiča was the central eparchy of Serbian Orthodox Church and the cathedral church of Žiča was serving for coronations of Serbian kings of the Nemanjić dynasty.[2]

The seat of the Serbian Church was moved in 1253 to the Monastery of Peć. The collection of church law known as "Nomocanon of Saint Sava" was copied at the Monastery of Žiča and was for several centuries influential in southeastern Europe and Russia.[3] In the middle of the 15th-century, a return of the archiepiscopal seat to Žiča was contemplated due to the Turkish invasion, but the move was not made. In the 16th century, after the Serbian Patriarchate of Peć was renewed, several Metropolitans of Žiča were appointed.

By the beginning of 18th century the territory of this eparchy was incorporated into the Eparchy of Užice and Valjevo. In 1766, Serbian Patriarchate of Peć was abolished, and all of its eparchies that were under Ottoman rule fell under jurisdiction of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople. In 1831, autonomous Metropolitanate of Belgrade was recreated, with Eparchy of Užice as one of its dioceses.[4] In 1884, the name of that eparchy was officially changed to "Eparchy of Žiča".


Further information: List of Serbian monasteries

Bishops, since 1831[edit]