Once upon a time (in 70s and 80s in last century) the Ibar gained notoriety as being the most polluted river in Serbia, especially for frequent spills of extremely poisonous phenol. Nowadays situation is quite opposite, Ibar is green and clean river with great opportunities for water sports.more
In the 1230s, a large exonarthex was added by the will of King Radoslav so it is reason why that part of church is called "Priprata kralja Radoslava". Exonarthex is different in style than the rest of the church. It is also erected in Romanesque style but is much larger than the rest of the church, isn't covered with white marble and doesn't has...more
The church of the Presentation of the Holy Virgin is a domed single-nave basilica. The Church harmoniously reconciles two architectural styles, the Romanesque outside and the Byzantine inside. At its eastern end there is a three-sided apse, while an extended narthex faces west; there are also vestibules on the north and the south. In the 1230s, a...more
The monastery Studenica and it's main church dedicated to the Presentation of the Holy Virgin was constructed over a quite long period. The first stage works were completed by the spring of 1196, when Grand zupan of Serbia, Stefan Nemanja, abandoned his throne and settled in the monastery's foundation. When he later left for Monastery Hilandar on...more
Northwest of the Church of the Virgin there is the church of saints Joachim and Ann, known after its founder King Milutin as the King's Church. The church was constructed in 1314, in the form of a compressed cross, with the exterior structure of an octagonal dome. It is built of stone and tufa, with plastered facades and is much more Byzantine in...more
Within monastery walls there are monastic residences built from 12th up to 20th century. The oldest part of it is St.Sava's dining room from 12th century and tower (pirg) with western gate from 13th century. Most of residences from 13th and 14th century are in ruins nowdays. Part of monastic residences are from 18th, 19th and 20th century and some...more
The complex of the Studenica monastery includes the Church of St. Nicholas, a small single-nave church frescoed inside with works from the twelfth or possibly early thirteenth centuries. It's a simple building without much decorations unlike two other churches on monastery ground.more
Golija is a beautiful heavily-forested mountain located in the southern portion of Serbia. The area was placed under state protection in 2001 (Category I - Exceptional Importance), taking the name Golija Nature Park.The practically untouched nature of Golija, a biosphere reserve, is under the protection of UNESCO for a good reason. The highest peak...more
Studenica is a bit off the beaten track for most of us. Its deep into the heart of the Dinaric Alps and I'm afraid the only way there is to go by car or organised coach. Since most people travelling to Serbia are likely to be independent travellers the option is probably car. If you are staying in Belgrade expect to spend around 6 hours in a car for a round trip. If you leave early enough you can stop at Zica monastery en route which is a great site also. Either way be prepared for a looooong day.
The roads through the mountains are good and well maintained but they are subject to falling rocks in many places. I suppose there is a very outside chance that a falling rock could hit your car but you are in far more danger from turning a corner and finding rocks spread all over the road or worse - a car on your side of the road coming toward you in an attempt to avoid fallen rocks. All I'm saying is take it easy on those mountain roads.
Small church of St. Nicolas overlooking monastery complex from the rock above monastery buildings. This church is also from 13th century but it is believed that this small church is older than main one. Most of the masons that worked on main church was Roman-Catholics and this small church at beginning belonged to that rite, before the main church...more
Something about the life of qeen Helen...Helen of Anjou or Hélène d'Anjou (Serbian: Jelena Anzujska; about 1236-8 February 1314) was a Serbian queen consort, wife of Serbian king Stefan Uros I and mother of kings Dragutin and Milutin.elen married Uroš I around 1245. She descended from the side branch of the Byzantine emperor's family and the...more
Gradac monastery is one of my favourite of Serbian Orthodox monasteries. It lies on the elevated plateau above the river Gradacka, at the edge of the forested slopes of mount Golija. It is 21 km northwest of Raska and 12.5 km west of Brvenik. Monastery is somehow overlooked and there you could feel and experience all that peacefulness and...more