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SESTROLJIN MONASTERY– CHURCH OF HOLY ASCENSION IN POLJANA
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Sestroljin monastery is located at the very entrance to the village Poljana, on Požarevac – Svilajnac highway. A church dedicated to Christ Ascension was built in 1893 in the chapel vicinity above  a mineral water spring by which this complex bears its name.

There is a legend on the construction of this and three more monasteries in the area described in a national song “God never orders what He can’t pay for” According to this legend, Serbian feuds Pavle and Radul Radić massacred their sister Jelica by tying her to horses’ tails and stretching her body in four sides.  The jealous Pavle’s wife unjustly accused her sister – in – Law Jelica of murdering her child, thus her brothers punished her with cruel death. According to the tale, as a sign of repentance the brothers built a monastery Zaova in the place where her body lay, a monastery Bradača where her chin landed, a monastery Sestroljin in the place where her eyes fell out, and they built Rukumija in the place where her arm landed.

The church architecture belongs to single – nave building type without a dome. It is of rectangular base with a broad altar apse in the east and two smaller side conchal choirs. Inside, the church is divided into an altar and a nave. It is arched with a barrel vault reclining on side temple walls. A gabled roof used to be covered with reclaimed roof tiles, but later they were replaced. The church facades were processed simply, with no architectural or decorative plastic, but only with a profiled roof garland. The west façade was enlivened with cascading the masses around the portal above which there is a decorative stone rosette with a central floral motif and eight lilies.

The iconostasis belongs to the time of the temple construction and was designed in the Classicist style with a rich Baroque wood carving. It holds twenty – eight icons arranged in three zones. The icons are made in the Romanticism style and all belong to the same painting workshop.