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Saint Stefan Milutin

About Stefan Milutin

St. Stefan Milutin is a celebrated saint in the Eastern Orthodox Church, known for his devout faith, extensive church-building, and as a ruler of Serbia during its medieval golden age. Below is a detailed account of his life, divided into sections: early life, reign, ecclesiastical contributions, and legacy.

Feast Day

October 30

Birth Place




29 October 1321
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Early Life and Education


Early Life and Education

St. Stefan Milutin was born around 1253 into the Nemanjić dynasty, a royal family that produced several Serbian saints. He was a younger son of King Stefan Uroš I of Serbia and Queen Helen of Anjou. His early years were marked by the usual upbringing of a prince, with a focus on education, military training, and understanding of governance, preparing him for future responsibilities.


Ecclesiastical Career

Milutin came to power after a period of political turmoil and internal conflict. He ascended to the throne in the late 13th century and ruled until his death in 1321. His reign was characterized by territorial expansion and significant economic and cultural development. Milutin managed to enlarge the Serbian state to its largest extent thus far, incorporating lands from Macedonia to northern Greece.

Ecclesiastical Career

Later Life and Canonization


Later Life and Canonization

Renowned for his piety and dedication to the Orthodox faith, Milutin was a fervent builder of churches and monasteries throughout his realm, contributing to the architectural and cultural bloom of medieval Serbia. He is credited with constructing some of the most significant medieval churches and monasteries, which are today considered masterpieces of Serbian medieval art. His endowments include the Banjska Monastery, the Church of St. Nicholas in Sofia, and the Gračanica Monastery in Kosovo, among others. He also played a role in promoting the spiritual and religious life of his people, supporting the clergy, and strengthening the Serbian Orthodox Church.



After his death, Milutin was canonized by the Serbian Orthodox Church, and his feast day is celebrated on October 30. He is remembered not only as a powerful monarch but also as a devout Christian who left a lasting religious and cultural legacy. His contributions to the church and the faith have earned him a revered place in the pantheon of Serbian saints. He is often depicted in religious art and is invoked as a patron of justice and piety.



Where are the relics of Saint Stefan Milutin

The relics of St. Stefan Milutin are located in the Church of St. Kyriaki, known as the Church of St. Nedelya, in Sofia, Bulgaria. After his death in 1321, his body was initially laid to rest in the Banjska Monastery, which he had founded in Kosovo. However, due to the turbulent history of the region and the shifting control of territories, his relics were moved several times. In the early 15th century, his remains were transferred to Sofia, where they have been venerated ever since. The Church of St. Nedelya became an important religious site, not only for the local Orthodox Christian population but also for Serbian pilgrims who regard St. Stefan Milutin as one of the most significant saints from their national history.

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