25 km from Banja is Monastery Zica. Don't miss this place.
Zica Monastery, an endowment of King Stefan the First Crowned built between 1208 and 1220, lies in a plain near Kraljevo, at the entrance to the Ibar gorge. Zica was the first seat of the autonomous Serbian Archbishops and it was there that almost all medieval Serbian rulers were crowned. It is painted in red. The most significant composition is formed by the latest frescoes painted between 1309 and 1316, when the monastery was reconstructed after being destroyed by the Kumans. Nearly nothing has been saved from the once rich monastery treasury except the holy relict - right arm of St. John the Forerunner laid in silver, which was brought to the monastery by St. Sava. Today it is preserved in St. Mary's Cathedral in Sienna.
Only 17 km from Banja is situated Monastery Ljubostinja.
Monastery Ljubostinja, an endowment of Prince Lazar's widow, Princess Milica, was built at the beginning of the 15th century and painted with frescoes between 1402 and 1405. The building is a typical example of the Morava style. Richly decorated with ornamental stone carving.
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