Stari Ras and Sopoćani

Close to Stari Ras, the first capital of Serbia under the Nemanjić dynasty, in the vicinity of Novi Pazar, there is a group of mediaeval sites comprising fortresses, monasteries and churches which in 1979 were entered into the UNESCO World Heritage List under the joint name of Stari Ras and Sopoćani.

The most important sites in this group are Sopoćani monastery, Đurđevi Stupovi monastery, the church of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul (St Peter’s church) and the remains of the Ras and Gradina fortresses.

The remains preserved in this area are testimony to the oldest forms of authentic Serbian artistic expression and represent the zenith of creativity in the period between the 10th and 14th centuries.

Stari Ras fortress

Sopoćani monastery

Đurđevi Stupovi monastery

Church of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul


Ras Museum
Stevana Nemanje 20, 36300 Novi Pazar
tel: +381 (0)20 331-681