Let's help rebuild the temple dedicated to the Holy Prophet Elisha in the village of Viljuša. It awaits for 2 centuries to be rebuilt and get the old shape.
Anyone who wants to donate this effort may do that on the dedicated bank account of Serbian Orthodox Church, the one belonging to the church municipality of Trnava (address: Trnava bb, Čačak) at the Unicredit bank.
All payments should be made with a note: For Temple in Viljusa
Reunion committee expresses the warmest thanks to all participants.
At the end of village Viljuša, in the direction of village Banjica, there are remains of foundation of the old village church.
Elisha was a prophet and a wonder-worker. Also mentioned in the New Testament, Elisha is venerated as a prophet in Christianity. He is said to have been a disciple and protégé of Elijah, and after Elijah was taken up in a chariot of fire, he gave Elisha a double portion of his power and he was accepted as the leader of the sons of the prophets. Elisha then went on to perform twice as many miracles as Elijah.
The time has come for this holy temple to resurrect so once again it's walls would listen the sacred liturgy, the prayers and holy communion, while it's priests would chant in the glory of the blessed Virgin, Jesus Christ and Sava the saint, including the temple patron - saint Elisha.
The old stories suggests that this divine temple was put on fire and demolished by Caja pasha's tyrants while suffocating the Hadzi-Prodan's rebellion back in 1814. and that the land was village property, with the old church devoted to the prophet Elisha on it.
The stories from locals says that the landlord ("zaim" in turkish/arabian) Spahija used the stone from the demolished church to build the well in the village, so the well is named "zaim-ovac" by the locals till today.
A metal cup with the chest of the emperor Constantine (and queen the Jelena) carved on it was found in the immediate proximity of the old church's location. The stone cross was found at the same spot.
As locality was jeopardized by the agricultural activities of locals, the pieces of old stone were moved around - the Institute for the protection of cultural monuments of city Kraljevo, together with the National museum of city Čačak - undertake protective research of locality.
That lead to research in 1977. which proven that the church's base was square, east-west oriented, with the Apses located at east side. Apses was three sided on the outer side, while inside it was a semi-circle. It was built from the solid and broken stone of different sizes.
Walls are preserved in the original state up to the 30 centimeters of height (1 feet), 75-90 cm (2.5-3 feet) wide. South wall is preserved only in the foundation.
An interesting fact is that no graves were found in the church itself or in the surrounding area.
Moving archeological material found in the object and in the nearby surroundings indicates that the temple was built during the late middle age. Given the fact that many iron nails were found - it is assumed that some parts of the church were built out of the wood.