Stefan Stratimirović
Metropolitan of Karlovci
Mitropolit karlovački Stefan Stratimirović.jpg
ChurchSerbian Orthodox Church
ProvinceMilitary Frontier, Austrian Empire
MetropolisMetropolitanate of Karlovci
Term ended1836
PredecessorMojisije Putnik
SuccessorStefan Stanković
Personal details
Born27 December 1757
Kulpin, Kingdom of Hungary
(now Serbia)
Died22 September 1836(1836-09-22) (aged 78)
Sremski Karlovci, Slavonia, Austrian Empire
(now Serbia)
NationalitySerb (Rascian)
DenominationEastern Orthodox
ResidenceSremski Karlovci

Stefan Stratimirović (Serbian: Стефан Стратимировић;[a] 27 December 1757 – 22 September 1836) was a Serbian bishop who served as the Metropolitan of Karlovci, head of the Serbian Orthodox Church in the Austrian Empire, between 1790 and 1836. Having been appointed metropolitan at the age of 33, Stratimirović maintained control over church life decisively and autonomously. He was an aid to Serbian rebel leader Karađorđe[citation needed] during the First Serbian Uprising and actively participated in the suppression of Tican's Rebellion in 1807. Furthermore, he published Jovan Rajić's seminal work at a most propitious occasion.[1]

Early life and appointment

Stratimirović family house in Kulpin, Serbia.

Born in Kulpin, a town in the Military Frontier, Stratimirović's family hailed from Herzegovina. Stratimirović lived in a private estate awarded to his family by Marie Therese in 1745. He graduated from grade schools in Kulpin and Begeč and later attained the Gymnasium in Novi Sad, from which he also graduated. Stratimirović subsequently studied philosophy and law in Vienna and Buda, later moving on to theology which he studied privately in Sremski Karlovci under Serbian archimandrite Jovan Rajić, because there were not yet any Serbian theology schools at the time. In 1784 he joined the Serbian Orthodox Church as a monk, and in 1786 he was appointed Bishop of Vršac. Later on, he was appointed in the Eparchy of Buda, where he served for four years. On October 29, 1790, Stratimirović was made Metropolitan of Karlovci at the Assembly of Timișoara, at the age of 33.

Metropolitan of Karlovci

The Gymnasium of Karlovci, established by Stratimirović in 1792.

As metropolitan, Stratimirović paid special attention to the building of educational institutions. With the help of merchant Dimitrije Anastasijević Sabov[2] he founded the Gymnasium of Karlovci in 1792, in 1794 the Karlovci Theology School, and in 1795 the Blagodejanije fund (later called "Stefaneum").

He edited and expanded the Metropolitanate library and established higher discipline within the clergy. As a religious leader, he inspired independence and supported the First Serbian Uprising, despite leading the clergy remotely from within the Austrian Empire. He led a struggle against Viennese attempts of unifying Serbs with the Austrian Empire.[3] He was a devoted enthusiast of both science and literature.

Under the strong influence of the conflict for preserving orthodoxy, Stratimirović gradually became more and more conservative and in so doing was opposed to the language reformations of Dositej Obradović, Sava Mrkalj, and Vuk Stefanović Karadžić. During the First Serbian Uprising he helped the rebels in secret by assisting in the supply of munitions and gunpowder from Prussia. In June 1804, he informed the Russian court of the plan of reviving the Serbian Empire as a protectorate of Russia.[4] In 1807 he played an active role in silencing Tican's Rebellion in Srem.

His heritage included many written works in a variety of languages as well as subjects. Although only two of his major works were ever printed during his lifetime, he wrote many other works in Latin, German and Serbian, among which there are historical, clerical, literary and other texts. After his death in 1836, more of his works were printed in published. Although requested, a biography was never written on his behalf, and only a list of his works and an outline on his life were ever written and published for the general public.

Stratimirović was decorated Order of Leopold of the first class.[5]


He is included in The 100 most prominent Serbs.


  1. ^ His name is, less commonly, and historically, spelt Stevan Stratimirović (Стеван Стратимировић).

See also


  1. ^ Journal of Central European Affairs. 1956.
  2. ^ Pyrah, Robert (2017-12-02). Re-contextualising East Central European History: Nation, Culture and Minority Groups. Routledge. ISBN 9781351193412.
  3. ^ Revue Canadienne Des Ťudes Sur Le Nationalisme. University of Prince Edward Island. 1976.
  4. ^ Петар И Поповић (1933). Француско-српски односи за време првог устанка: Наполеон и Карађорђе. Издање потпомогнуто је из на Задужбине Луке Ћеловића-Требињца. p. 10.
  5. ^ Acović, Dragomir (2012). Slava i čast: Odlikovanja među Srbima, Srbi među odlikovanjima. Belgrade: Službeni Glasnik. p. 77.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)

Further reading

  • Народна енциклопедија Срба, Хрвата и Словенаца, Ст. Станојевић, Загреб, 1925–1929.
  • Мирјана Д Стефановић (2009). Лексикон српског просветитељства. Службени Гласник. p. 237. ISBN 978-86-519-0203-4. митрополит Стеван Стратимировић (1790-1836)

External links

  • Родољубиви архијереј („Глас јавности“, 28. октобар 2000.) (Serbian)
Preceded by
Mojisije Putnik
Metropolitan of Karlovci
Succeeded by
Stefan Stanković