Ethno village


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I had a great desire to build a church (my foundation). Besides the fact that His Eminence Bishop Vasilije Zvornicko-Tuzlanski delighted me with his patronage, building many churches and monasteries (207 so far in his eparchy) and who was my big inspiration, one of the reasons were also that in my village Brgule (Vares municipality) there was no church, or in the neighboring villages of twenty Orthodox villages in Vares municipality to the village Nisici (Ilijas municipality). I wanted my church to be on an elevated site in order to dominate the village and its surroundings. You had to make an artificial hill and for the land to become settled and static to build, you needed at least two or three years of settlement. I had started to build after less than three months. A friend of mine Nešo Miric (geologist) said, "Oh, Boris, if this church of yours collapses, then there really is God!" Here's my church, it has not moved an inch.

When I asked for the blessing of His Eminence Bishop of Zvornik-Tuzla Mr. Vasilije to build a foundation, one day Bishop came to see the place where the church would have been built. Previously, I buried a few steps in the grounds so the Bishop could climb to the top of the hill. As we climbed we saw above a flat surface of only twenty squares. I got embarrassed by what a man could say, there was not enough land and he wants a church in that place. Thank God he saw something ahead of time, just like me, and gave me a blessing and my Church began to construct. Back then I had another problem, because all my life savings in my pocket and under the pillow were a few hundred dollars. Thank God, the work has begun. Of course, any church or monastery is dedicated and carries the name of a certain saint. Bishop Vasilije asked me if I, as a patron, had a desire to say the name of the saint in whose name would we build a holy place, I suggested St. Michael the Archangel (the glory of my ancestors), although my present glory is Holy Father Nicholas. Bishop had a little thought and finally said for it to be dedicated to the Holy Father Nicholas summer. God forgive me, I did not even know there was a Holy Father Nicholas summer, because in my area that day is celebrated as "Nikolice" and I never knew it was the same saint, that is, to be celebrated a transfer of relics of the Holy Father Nicholas from Mira Likjiskog in Bari, where he today rests his bones. I remember that on that day I would often go to a place Reljevo (near Sarajevo), more specifically, in Reljevo church, next to the river Bosna, where a great assembly was held every year (the excursion). I also asked Bishop on what day is St. Nicholas summer, and he replied that it was on May 22. As he said May 22 a buzzing started in my head, I asked his Eminence Bishop if that was his final decision, and he firmly responded that it is. I kissed him and thanked him, and he got surprised wondering why am i showing grattitude as he did not fulfill my wish, but how could I not, as May 22nd is the date of my birth, and so my monastery and I celebrate on the same day. He will last forever, and I who knows...

As my desire was to make the Baptistery in the Russian style, Prota Milorad from Mitrovica (born in Han Pijesak) faxed me a couple of drawings of Russian wooden churches. As i was going through the list, particular one caught my attention and i had built it. The text that was below drawings I did not even read at the time. It said that the church is located in Alaska, and is dedicated to the Holy Father Nicholas summer, and the Gods will was to be dedicated to the same saint in the Ethno Village.

Boris Stanišić

Ethno village Stanišići

By listening to the chirping of birds, the burbling of the streams and churning of the water mill this is where a human relaxes eyes and soul and becomes wiser and more noble.