Monastery Morachnik - Манастир Морачник
The Monastery of Morachnik is situated on Skadar Lake's Island of the same name within the Zeta Mount Athos-Zetska Sveta Gora. The complex is located on the protruding cape on the southeastern side, laid almost on the very waterfront. For the first time it was mentioned in 1417 in the parchment of Balsa III who was its patron. This synodic church is dedicated to Three-handed Theotokos-Trojerucica of Chilandar Monastery of Mount Athos. A stone wall encircles the monastic complex consisting of this church dedicated to the Virgin, a residential building, a refectory and a tower. In the western portion of the wall there is a gate leading to the lake and probably to the original wharf. Judging by the remains on the second floor, the tower used to be cross-vaulted. It was built in a rather regular manner, in rows, of rough-hewn and hewn stone in mortar. The entrance might have been in the ground or first floor where there is only one narrow opening, while on the second floor there are the remains of bigger windows. A well-preserved building also constructed of stone connects the church and the tower. The tower in Morachnik is a unique example of a preserved object of such type within a monastery complex. After three centuries of abandonment, Monk Grigorije was the first one to arrive and assume residence in 1993, and in 1997 the refurbishment of monasteries at the Zetska Sveta Gora commenced. Today, ten of these monasteries are undergoing rebuilding endeavours.
Манастир Морачник је један од манастира на тзв. Зетској Светој Гори, тј. на острвима и обали Скадарског језера. Подигао га је унук Светог Цара Лазара, Балша III, син Јелене Балшић која је сахрањена на суседном острву Бешки, где је данас женски манастир. Манастир Морачник је посвећен Богородици, а као свој празник слави дан Чудотворне иконе Мајке Божје Тројеручице, 12./25. јула.