Monasteries

Influenced by Byzantine, Romanesque and baroque architecture, Serbian monasteries are stylistically diverse and are well known for their distinguished religious art. In fact, here you can see some of the most exquisite mediaeval frescoes painted in the Byzantine style.As the creation of these monasteries was inextricably tied to the emergence of the Serbian state, medieval Serbian rulers spared no expense when erecting these majestic buildings, where they were both crowned and interned.

In the Middle Ages, the church was the centre of spirituality and culture in most European countries. Serbian monasteries thus soon developed into important centres of education and culture. Through the hardest and darkest of times, Serbian monasteries were the guardians of national identity of the Serbian people.
Serbia has more than two hundred monasteries, of which 54 have been designated cultural monuments, while several mediaeval Serbian shrines enjoy international protection. Thus, the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites includes Stari Ras with Sopoćani, Studenica monastery and mediaeval Serbian monasteries in Kosovo and Metohija – Dečani, Gračanica, the Partiarchate of Peć and Our Lady of Ljeviš.

Valley of the Kings
In the valley of the river Ibar, between the cities of Kraljevo and Novi Pazar, lies a group of medieval monasteries built in the 12th and 13th Centuries.In what was then the fledgling...
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Monasteries of Moravian Serbia
In the late 14th and early 15th Centuries, numerous monasteries sprung up all over the principality of Prince Lazar and his son Despot Stefan, during a period which saw the country’s...
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Monasteries of Fruška Gora
On the slopes of Fruška Gora mountain, there are as many as 17 medieval monasteries. This mountain became the mainstay of Serbian cultural revival during the Ottoman rule, when oppression...
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Monasteries of Kosovo and Metohija
In the 14th Century, the region of Kosovo and Metohija was the political and spiritual heart of medieval Serbia. It was at this time that Serbian King Milutin erected more than 40 monasteries in ...
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Monasteries of the Ovčar-Kablar Region
Nestled on the steep slopes of Ovčar and Kablar mountains lies a unique community of monasteries built in the 14th and 15th centuries.The monasteries were built by monks and builders who...
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Other Monasteries
The great diversity of building styles and architecture found in the medieval monasteries scattered all over Serbia demonstrates the various influences on its architecture and art, as well as on the...
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