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From Turkish registers (defters) complied in
1455 and 1485 it can be seen that estates with villages which bordered on Studenica's
property were distributed as fiefs to the sultan's warriors. The fraternity was left to
fend for itself, to preserve what remained to the monastery and rely on this for its
subistence. Throughout its later history, the monastic community, deprived of rich
powerful benefactors, had to turn for aid to a large number of small contributors with no
great wealth and no power whatsoever.
Charter issued by Walachian Voivoda Matthias Bassarab in 1644
endowing Studenica with an annual income of 6,000 aspers
Whereas legal problems caused by the disappearance of Christian
rulers were solved by the church authorities assuming the role of the vanished royal
patrons, no solutions was to be found for financing difficulties.
Charter of Walachian Voivoda Gregory Ghica confirmed his
predecessor's annual gift of 6,000 aspers to Studenica
The Apostles' Communion, north section of the painting on the
1569 fresco layer, altar area of the church of the Virgin Mary
The Last Judgement, fresco, 1568, east wall of Nemanja's narthex
church of the Virgin Mary
Reliquary for a fragment of the Holy Cross, gilded silver,