View of the Poganovo monastery.
|Full name||Манастир Светог Јована Богослова - Погановo|
|Other names||Monastery of St. Jovan Bogoslov|
|Dedicated to||Saint John the Theologian|
|Diocese||Eparchy of Niš|
|Location||Jerma gorge, near Dimitrovgrad|
The Poganovo Monastery of St. John the Theologian (Mанастир Погановo) is a Serbian Orthodox monastery situated in the gorges of the river Jerma, near the village Poganovo, municipality of Dimitrovgrad, Serbia.
Recently, two scholars have introduced Jefimija into the discussion regarding the patronage of the famous bilateral icon representing a vision of the prophets Ezekiel and Habakkuk on one side and the Mother of God with St. John the Theologian on the other. Formerly at the monastery of John the Theologian at Poganovo, Serbia, it is now kept in the National Gallery Sofia, Bulgaria. Babić and Subotić argue against earlier opinions based on a partly preserved inscription, in Greek, that the icon was a gift of the Empress Helena Dragaš, wife of Byzantine Emperor Manuel II Palaiologos (1391-1425). They suggest that the donor may be Jelena/Jefimija, who as a wife of a Despot would have had, in the late period, the title of valissa.
- Monuments of Culture in Serbia: Манастир Поганово (SANU) (Serbian) (English)
- G. Babić, 'Sur l'icônede Poganovo el la Vasilissa Hélèn', in D. Davidov, ed., L'Art de Thessalonique et des pays Balkaniques et les courants spirituels auXIVe siècle (Belgrade, 1987), pp 57-65
- G. Subotić, Ikona vasilise Jelene i osnovaći manastira Poganova, Saopštenja 25 (1993), pp. 25-40.
- Pentcheva, B. Imagined Images: Visions of Salvation and Intercession in a Double-Sided Icon from Poganovo. - Dumbarton Oaks Papers 54 (2000), 139-153.
- The Double-Sided Icon from Poganovo (Plates)
- Walter, Chr. The Iconography of the Prophet Habakkuk - Revue des études byzantines, T. 47 (1989), pp. 251-260