Novi Pazar Things to Do

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    Ancient art and architecture

    by ELear Updated Oct 4, 2009

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    Novi Pazar is conveniently situated for visiting a large number of sites of great importance in the history of Christian art and architecture: Sopocani monastery (a UNESCO world heritage site - about 10 miles out - I found the frescoes stunning - you could spend days looking at them - particularly friendly monks), Studenica monastery (also a UNESCO site - about an hour north east - also stunning frescoes), Zica monastery (beyond Studenica), Durdevi Stupovi (being restored, but the roof's on and the monks' living quarters are built), Petrova (the first Serbian church, I think, with a wonderful ancient graveyard), and I'm told you could even do a day trip to Decani (also a UNESCO WH site - glorious music - stunning frescoes) in Kosovo, if you planned it right, going via Montenegro. In addition there are various Ottoman buildings in the town itself worth visiting: (the hamam (baths), the Alem Djamija, the Kale, the Ottoman centre itself - much more of an experience than Sarajevo, because it's untouristified) and the ruins of Stari Ras (very interesting - the first Serbian royal capital - hence the number of royal religious foundations nearby - just before Sopocani - the visible excavated site isn't very big but the wall bases you can see are surprisingly sophisticated and substantial-looking). There may well be other interesting sites nearby that I don't know about, too, but it doesn't affect my main point, which is that you can stay at Novi Pazar and visit many of these (as I did), but to do so you need some careful planning, and for that you need a good local tourist agency. See my other Novi Pazar piece on the Ecco Travel Agency.

    P.S. The countryside's beautiful too. Low hills and woods, reminiscent of the South Downs shape-wise, but different geologically of course, cattle-raising country, trout in the streams.

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    Sopocani Monastery

    by mikarov99 Updated Apr 2, 2006

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    This is best sight of Novi Pazar don't forget it, this monastery was erected by king Uros in mid 13th century. The turk was destroyed a part of monastry at the end of 17th century, but the majority of the frescos remain.

    One of best things of monastery it was the hospitality of monks. They gave to an explanation on the monastery and his history , and invited a cup of tea., we were are talking about the two countries, temperatures and the similitudes and diferenses of orthodox and catholic church, they also were surprised because we came from Mexico.

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    Petrova Crkva (Church of San Peter)

    by mikarov99 Updated Apr 2, 2006

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    Its the oldest church in serbia, build in stone, this beautiful church make sensation of acient, i want to see the interior of the Church but was locked, may guidebook says to ask the nearest house for the kepeer of the key, but the nearest house but theres nobody inside in the house :(

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    Walk to feel the essence

    by McCoq Updated Sep 6, 2005

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    To feel the essence of this muslim atmosphere I recommend you to walk. Then you can see, touch, listen and smell that atmosphere, and why I tell that.
    One good street to start is the one who cross the river by a bridge and go south to the mosque. Here is plenty of small shops, from bakeries to tea shops, also bureks, mlecni restaurants and cevapcici can be found here. You can also hear the evocative sound of muezzin, the popular call from mosques to anunce the next pray (5 times a day)

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    Altum Alem Mosque

    by McCoq Updated Sep 5, 2005

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    Altum Alem mosque

    This is the most important Turquish building in the town. From the 16th century, was built by the master builder Abdul Gani. Has a square plan, a dome, a minaret and a spaciuos porch covered with cupolas that aren't typical from the region.

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    Hammam (Turkish Baths)

    by McCoq Written Sep 5, 2005

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    Hammam (turkish bath)
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    Turkish Baths that probably date from the 1460s and wich was endowed to the town by its founder Isa-Bey Isakovc. Symmetrical structure with faclities for simultaneous bathing by men and women. Nowadays the entrance is something like an outdoor terrace of a bar (there are some tables, and music, and when we were there some people sit and drinking). Now the baths aren't in use, and half of the baths are in ruins, and you can't enter.

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    Turkish Fort

    by McCoq Written Sep 5, 2005

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    Octagonal Watchtower

    The Fortress dates from the 15th century and was the seat of the Turkish sanjack in the region. Nowadays is a pleasant park, and from the fortress we just can see the Octagonal Watchtower, and some ruined walls of the Turkish Fort.
    There is also a terrace of the park's outdoor café, with good views over the town.

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    A visit to the market area

    by McCoq Written Sep 5, 2005

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    Market

    Novi Pazar was probably most famous for the manufacture of denim jeans (and textil industry in general) until they had to compete with low prices of chinese clothes. Anyway, here you have a great market where to find apart from jeans, food, toys, sun-glasses...almost everything. Here you can see a some of the islamic or mediterranean costums. It is worth to take a walk by the zone.

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    Altum Alem Mosque

    by mikarov99 Updated Apr 2, 2006

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    This mosque is most beautiful mosque in Novi Pazar, has a unique architecture, and was build by Abdul Gani. The copulas makes unique than other mosques in the town and from the region.

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    Water Tower

    by mikarov99 Updated Apr 2, 2006

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    This tower was part of a old 15th century turkish period fortress, you see fortress and tower from the hotel vrbak. today is park, this tower today reaimains closed.

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    Novi Pazar Views

    by mikarov99 Written Feb 19, 2006

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    This town has turkish influcied architecture and lot of mosques, views shops every where selling clothes, food, jewellery and other thing you can walk whit half hour you can see sights of the town.

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