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On the way to Rvaši & Mala Crkva


We have barely spent now two weeks at Rvaši Cottage. During this time, we got quite a lot of rain; storms, lightings, thunderstorms, heavy rain....but now, it doesn't boder us the same like when we were living in the big city; now we also think in our land and how good the rain "kisa" will be for it :) There is also too much to do indoors: householding, woodworking, plumbing, laundries (washing machine arrived finally this week after more than one month without it!), planting seeds, painting shelves, making bread....


This sunny & rainy day also invited us to go a bit outside, to the land; we spent the day cutting the "mala hierba" ("bad weed or grass" - loš korov-) and brunches, and burning them; grass is quite wet and it is pefect to make big fires and burn all brunches without any risk of getting a fire out of control.


At sunset, i felt like discovering Rvaši & Mala Crkva; and also the graveyard closed to the church. The graveyard always takes may attention when i pass by with the car, as it is very well kept, clean, shining and full of flowers. It is really a small walk from Rvaši Cottage, not more than 10 minute far away.


As the shower rains gave us a break, i headed out by walk towards the car road, which is bumpy, mossy and feels also intriguing & misterious (why not to say!)


Once i arrived at the church square, i discovered two buildings. Thanks to rvasi.me, i learnt that these are two historic milestones in this area: the small church, known as Mala Crkva and the Tomb and tombstone of Ken Stankov Janković. Mala Crkva is currently being refurbished and it seems to have been built during the 18th Century after a battle against the Turks. Even built at the 18th Century, the architectural structure reminds me a lot of those of the Romanic in Spain (even thought Romaic is early dare in 11th Century) It is still to discover the differences and similarities and the whys and reasons for it. Nevertheless, it looks a very Mediterranean architectural building.


The big church is quite a magical place. It is grey and made of cement bricks. It seems to be a quite very simple building from outside (it was closed so i could not visit it inside). It has a small painting on a side what it seems to be a saint made with gold painting paper. Even though the simple structure, it has something of spiritual (even for me that i am an atheist) At the square, next to the church, there is an old tombstone, that according to historical accounts belongs to Ken Stankov Janković; a Montenegring knight who defended Rvaši area from the Turks. The tombstone was erected by Prince Nikola Petrović in 1874 (according to rvasi.me )


The following text is engraved in stone on the tombstone:

Kenjo Stankov Janković 1794-1867 Under this tomb rest the bones of the heroic Serb Kenjo Stankov Janković, who once in 1735, and the other in 1852, on the attack of the town of Žabljački, was the first of all Montenegrin knights to come out on the ramparts of the town. This monument is made by Prince Nikola Petrović Kenju because of his chivalry and fidelity to his fatherland. Built in 1874.

I would like to invite you to read more about Rvaši, its history and milestones at rvasi.me (which you can easily translate it in your language using google) It is quite interesting reading to know a bit more about this area which accordig to some accounts it is the bird of the Montenegring nation.


In the meantime, i would like to leave you some pictures taken on my way from Rvaši Cottage to Rvaši & Mala Crkva (lesss than 10 minutes walking from Rvaši Cottage) at sunset in a winter day. So you have a hint of this picturesque and pleasent walk at sunset :)














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