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Anna Nemanjić (Dandolo)

Also Known As: "Evdokija Andjel Nemanjić (Dandolo) 1st Queen Consort of Serbia"
Birthdate: (89)
Birthplace: Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Veneto, Italy
Death: 1264 (89)
Raška, Raška District, Serbia
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Raniero Dandolo and Dandolo
Wife of King Stefan I Nemanjić, Prvovenčani
Mother of Stefan Uroš I Nemanjić, King of Serbia and Predislav Nemanjić

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About Anna Nemanjić

Anna Dandolo (died 1264) was a Venetian Queen consort of Serbia as the second wife of King Stefan Nemanjic, founder of the Serbian kingdom. She was crowned Serbia's first Queen consort at Stefan's coronation in 1217, and held this title until his death on 24 September 1228. She was the granddaughter of Enrico Dandolo, Doge of Venice. King Stefan Uros I of Serbia was her son.[1]


Anna was born in Venice on an unknown date, the daughter of Rainero Dandolo, Vice-Doge of Venice, and Procurator of San Marco. Although her mother's name was not recorded, it is known that her paternal grandfather was Enrico Dandolo, Doge of Venice.

In 1209, her father was killed in battle against the Genoese during the conquest of Candia.

Marriage and issue

In about 1216 or 1217,[2] she married Stefan Nemanjic, Grand Zupan of Raska, in a magnificent ceremony which was celebrated in Venice and attended by all the patrician families in the republic. Following the splendid festivities held in their honour, the bridal couple were then transported with much fanfare by galley to Dalmatia. Anna was his second wife; his first, Eudocia Angelina, from whom he had separated for alleged adultery, had died in 1211. The marriage of Stefan to a woman from the powerful maritime republic of Venice was politically advantageous to Serbia; the alliance also strengthened Orthodox Serbia's ties to Catholicism and brought a strong Latin influence to the country through the Venetian artisans who followed in Anna's wake. Sometime in 1217, Stefan was crowned the first king of Serbia by the Papal legate, who also crowned Anna queen consort at the coronation.

Together they had one son, Stefan Uros, born in about 1223, and a daughter, whose name is not recorded. She also had three stepsons from her husband's former marriage.

Shortly before his death on 24 September 1228, King Stefan had taken monastic vows. Anna lived until 1264, long enough to see her only son, Stephen Uros succeed to the Serbian throne in 1243 following the deposition of his half-brother, Stefan Vladislav I. Stephen Uros I married Helen of Anjou, by whom he had issue. Anna's descendants continued to rule in Serbia for many generations until 1371 when the Nemanjic dynasty came to an end.

Anna was buried in the Sopocani monastery, and the depiction of her death is "one of the most important historical compositions painted on the walls of Serbian medieval churches".[3]


Italian poet Gabriele d'Annunzio immortalised Anna in his 1914 Ode alla nazione serba with the line:

O Serbia, che avesti regina di grazie Anna Dandolo

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Anna Nemanjić's Timeline

Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Veneto, Italy
Age 46
Age 89
Raška, Raška District, Serbia