Tosa Apostolovic

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Village near Thessaloniki
  • Merchant
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Teodor Toša Apostolović (Serbian Cyrillic: Тоша Апостоловић; a village near Thessaloniki, 1745 - Zemun, 1810) was a Serbian merchant and philanthropist.


When the Austrians withdrew from Belgrade, between 1765 and 1770, [1]Teodor Apostolović, a Serb from Old Serbia, moved to Zemun with them and did not want to remain under Turkish rule. [2] He was born in the vicinity of Thessaloniki [3]in 1745.[4] Some chroniclers say that he was of Greek origin and that his name was Theodoros Apostolos, which he changed with his arrival.[5]He was a Beeswax, a manufacturer of soap and candles, and thanks to his skills, he earned a great fortune. He became a respectable citizen and philanthropist, a church counselor, and was the president of the Zemun church community when Zemun had 6,000 inhabitants.[6] In 1786, he built the Zemun church of the Holy Archangel Gabriel, which became a monastery in 1990.[7]

When he got older, he got an eye disease which made it impossible to distinguish silver from gold currencies. He went to the churches and begged Saint Nicholas to restore his vision. According to the legend, one night he dreamed of Saint Nicholas, who told him to go to Bežanija's hair and bring an empty barrel of two shackles so that he could lower it downhill. Wherever he stops, he will dig a well and plant trees around it, so that he can wash with water from the well in order to regain his sight. He did as he was told in a dream, dug a well and a tavern was built next to it. [8]The water from the well healed his eyes and Toša was eventually cured entirely.[9]

Shortly after the well was built, it became a favorite picnic spot for the people of Zemun, and the entire area around the well was named "Toša's well" during Toša Apostolović's lifetime. Immediately before his death, he bequeathed the land on which he had vineyards and a well to the church.

He died in 1810 in Zemun.[10]


  1. name="Тошин бунар">Урбана легенда о Тошином бунару Wayback|url= |date=20160806191750
  2. name="Тоша Апостоловић">Како је Тоша ископао бунар?
  3. name="Православни манастири">Православни манастири
  4. name="Тошин бунар"
  5. name="Тоша Апостоловић"
  6. name="Тошин бунар"
  7. name="Православни манастири"
  8. name="Тоша Апостоловић"
  9. name="Тошин бунар"
  10. name="Тошин бунар"

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