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Morava architectural school, also known as the Morava style or simply as the Morava school, is an ecclesiastical architectural style that flourished in the Serbian Late Middle Ages (ca. 1370–1459). The churches and monasteries were built by the rulers Lazar Hrebeljanović (1370–1389), Stefan Lazarević (1402–1427) and Đurađ Branković (1427–1456) and their nobility. The first endowment was the royal tomb of Ravanica. The main achievement of the Morava School is the splendor of the sculptural elements.
Evident on a large number of buildings, from Lazarica in Kruševac to Naupara, Rudenica, Veluće, Ljubostinja, and Milentija, the style of decoration displays affinities with Armenia and Georgia, the world of Islam, and even Venice and the West. Its persistence into the fifteenth century, on church facades such as this of Kalenić Monastery (built 1413–1417), reveals the vitality of this new medium, which in its later stages began to incorporate human and animal forms, often related to mythological themes presumably drawn from manuscript illuminations.

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