Kovilje Monastery, just like projected and chosen by God which sits atop a cliff overlooking the Nošnica River is shrine dedicated to St. Archangels Michael and Gabriel. Kovilje Monastery is located on the gorgeous slopes of Golija and Javor Mountains, in Nošnica River valley, in Smiljevac village of Stari Vlah area, 25 km southwest from Ivanjica. The first records on Kovilje Monastery dates from the 1606. The monastic complex consists of two churches : The Church of St. Archangels Michael and Gabriel and later St. Nicola's Church. The Church of St. Archangels is real ascetic hermitage partly reclined in the stone thus representing the spiritual nest. It is one nave building with altar apse with floor carved from white and rose blocks of marble from Radočelo Mountain. Fresco decoration of Kovilje Monastery dating from the 13th century are party preserved, the best vivid are depicts of saints and Christ Pantocrator.
By legends and found scripts it is to believe that the Monastery was founded at the end of the 12th and the beginning of the 13th century. During its turbulent history Kovilje Monastery took the central role in spirituality, political and national issues of Orthodox population. One of the fist schools in Serbia was established here. Kovilje Monastery was thoroughly damaged and looted during the history and often rescued Serbs persecuted by Turks from their homes. Orthodox population was forced to flee from this region and settled in the northern parts. In respect to their spiritual shrine left in pitiful status new settlers have built the Church dedicated to St. Archangels in Kovilj village in present-day Bačka District.
Nowadays Kovilje Monastery represents unique spiritual, cultural and liturgical center to admire. After 200 years the monastic life has been reestablished in this gorgeous place of worship.