Stefan Nemanja

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Died Feb 13, 1199

Stefan Nemanja was the Grand Prince of the Serbian Grand Principality from 1166 to 1196, an heir of the Vukanović dynasty that marked the beginning of a greater Serbian realm (he is the founding father of the Nemanjić dynasty). He is remembered for his contributions to Serbian culture and history, being the founder of the powerful Serbian state that would evolve into the Serbian Empire, and the national church.… Read More

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1113 Birth Nemanja was born around the year 1113 AD in Ribnica, Zeta (in the vicinity of present day Podgorica, the capital of Montenegro). … Read More


1162 49 Years Old …  Nemanja met Emperor Manuel in Niš in 1162, who gave him the region of Dubočica to rule over and declared him independent. … Read More


1164 51 Years Old Nemanja's Serb squadrons fought in the Imperial Army in 1164 in Srem during the wars against the Kingdom of Hungary. … Read More
1166 53 Years Old Between 1166 and 1168, Prince Nemanja rebelled against his older brother, the Grand Župan of Rascia, deposed him and exiled him with his brothers, Miroslav and Stracimir. … Read More
1171 58 Years Old 1 More Event
Stefan Nemanja built the church of Đurđevi Stupovi (Pillars of St. George) in Ras in 1171. … Read More
1172 59 Years Old 1 More Event
Grand Prince Nemanja dispatched a force to the Morava valley in 1172, to jeopardise communications and the traffic between Niš and Belgrade and to instigate a rebellion amongst the local Serbs at Ravno. … Read More


1180 - 1185 3 More Events
1186 73 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1186, Stefan Nemanja launched a campaign to invade and annex the area of his birth - Doclea.
1188 - 1189 2 More Events
1190 77 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1190, the new Byzantine Emperor Isaac II Angelus prepared a massive and experienced Army to strike against Nemanja. … Read More
1191 78 Years Old In fall of 1191, this well-prepared Byzantine Army, led by the Emperor himself, clashed with Nemanja and his forces in South Moravia. … Read More
1192 79 Years Old In 1192 Rastko fled his Monastery in Ston to Mount Athos in the Byzantine Empire where he accepted monastic vows and asserted the name Sava. … Read More
1193 80 Years Old Nemanja's quick military activities pushed the Hungarians across the border northwards in 1193.
1195 82 Years Old In 1195, Stefan Nemanja's brother-in-law Alexius III inherited the Eastern Roman Imperial throne. … Read More
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