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Visoki Decani Monastery, Kosovo

(4.9/5 based on 55+ reviews on the web)
One of the best-preserved Serbian monasteries of Byzantine and Western styles, represents the largest medieval church of the Balkans and is designated a World Heritage site. Established in 1327, it also features over 1,000 compositions and several thousand portraits of religious character, making it the largest preserved gallery of Serbian medieval art. See the white-and-pink exterior marble walls, and tour the monastery's dark, mysterious interior adorned with lavishly decorated portals and windows. You'll also have the chance to view the 14th-century wooden iconostasis and look for King Stefan's sarcophagus. The monastery is characterized by the eastern Orthodox Byzantine and Romanesque combination of styles, recognized as a significant artistic representative of the Balkans. Add Visoki Decani Monastery to your Pec travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Pec holiday planner.
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  • Romanesque exterior architecture and Byzantine interior decoration come together to make an exquisite visual experience, set in a beautiful, peaceful valley. Such a shame that it still needs Italian K...  more »
  • I got goosebumps as I walked into the church. Truly incredible place that gives you the opportunity to time travel back several centuries. The church interior defies description. Amazing that this cen...  more »
  • The monastery is about 12 kilometres from Pec-Peja and was built in the 14th century. It is a Unesco World Heritage site because ... "is a synthesis of Byzantine and Western medieval traditions. The monastery, and particularly his paintings, have also exerted an important influence on the development of art and architecture during the Ottoman period ". The edification of the Church and the monastery of Decani began at the behest of the Serbian King Stefan Uros III and lasted about 10 years. Of great interest the murals inside, well preserved, despite the tragic story of the entire complex. He is currently manned by an Italian military contingent.
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