Stefan Uros II Milutin

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The holy, right-believing King Stefan Uroš II Milutin (Свети Краљ Стефан II Урош Милутин) ruled Serbia from the year 1282 to 1322. His feast day is celebrated on October 30/November 12.


Milutin was the son of King Stefan Uroš I, who is remembered as the Venerable Simeon (Стефан Урош I-Блажени Симеон), and Queen Jelena, who is remembered as the Venerable Jelena of Serbia. He is the brother of King Stefan Dragutin, remembered as the Venerable Teoktist of Serbia. His son was the sainted King Stefan Uros III of Serbia.

Milutin fought many battles, defending the Orthodox Faith and his people. He fought against Emperor Michael VIII Palaiologos, because Palaiologos accepted the union with Rome and tried to force the Balkan peoples and the monks of Mount Athos to recognize the Pope. In addition, he fought against Shishman, King of Bulgaria, and Nogai, King of the Tatars, in order to defend his lands. All of his wars were successful, as he constantly prayed to God and trusted in God in every war. Furthermore, He built more than forty churches. Besides of the churches that he built in his own land, such as Treskavac, Gračanica, St. George in Nagoričino, the Church of the Holy Theotokos in Skopje, and Banjska (his memorial foundation), he also built churches outside of his land, in Thessalonica, Sofia, Constantinople, Jerusalem and the Holy Mountain. He reposed to the Lord on October 29, 1320. His body was soon shown to be incorrupt and works miracles. His relics now lie in the Church of the Holy King in Sofia, Bulgaria. In 2007, the Holy Synods of Churches of Serbia and the Church of Bulgaria| Bulgaria]] announced that part of his sacred relics will be translated to the Monastery of Banjska.

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Stefan Uros II Milutin
Preceded by:
Stefan Dragutin(Venerable Teoktist)
King of Serbia
Succeeded by:
St.Stefan Uroš III of Serbia
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