Visoki Decani Monastery, Kosovo

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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. Make your Pec itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.
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  • We were going to be visiting the Albanian Alps. and some of our friends suggested that we cross over into Kosovo and see the Monastary.. Great advice. We loved the frescoes. While the outside looks gr...  more »
  • Outside, a little austere, appearance can even make it look too well done restoration. But in fact the Church has remained intact since the 14th century. You realize it when you enter inside: the décor is all simply gorgeous with its vivid colors from the same era. Built and decorated in a few years, there are few examples in Europe, in my view, such a uniqueness of style and artistic virtuosity
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  • We loved this monastery. We were driving ourselves and it was easy to find. The KFOR soldiers and the monks were all friendly - a really helpful guide showed up to explain all the frescoes and the his...  more »
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  • Visoki Decani Monastery - 1327, Decani, Serbia`s Kosovo Founder: Stefan Urosh III - Dechanski UNESCO-Serbia The Visoki Decani Monastery is a Serbian medieval monastery - the founding of King Stefan Dechanski (Stefan Urosh III) and the Serbian Emperor Dushan. The building was completed in 1335, and the frescoes were completed around 1350. The monastery is dedicated to Christ the Pantocrator and the Lord Jesus Christ - Spasovdan. The main Neimar was the master Vito Kotoranin. The monastery church is a five-storey building and belongs to the Raska style. The monastery is located in one valley near the Decanska Bistrica river southwest of Peja, under the mountain massif of Prokletije. The saints of St Stephen the Deacon and Saint Helena Deacan are resting in the Monastery. When the Turks wanted the Deans to turn to the mosque in 1692, there was a miracle that was prevented and attributed to it. The monastery belonged to the Eparchy of the Raska-Prizren Serbian Orthodox Church and represents an immovable cultural asset as a cultural monument of exceptional significance. Construction of the monastery The construction of the Church of the Christ of the Pantocrator (the Companion) began in 1327 by the kingship of the Serbian King Stefan Uros of the Third Decani. The main master was Br. Vita from Kotor, a Catholic monk, and the works were supervised by archbishop Danilo II, who worked on the "building and fortification" of the church, gathering "a great many artistic and skillful masters". Sam Stefan Decani built an angular stone on this church, and in 1330 he issued a charter of command, which he richly endowed his endowment. After the death of King Stefan, his work continued his son Stefan Uros the Fourth Dusan and ended the construction of Decan in 1335. At the time of Turkish slavery this imperial empire survived, but in very difficult circumstances. 1912 Monastery Visoki Dečani.JPG It was painted much later in 1347-1348. years. The very proportions of this monastery (36 meters long and 30 meters high), during this time completely unusual, contributed to this monastery being called "High" (High Decani). Pleasantly simple, harmonious proportions this monastery is the largest Serbian medieval monument. According to the legend, Stefan Decanski himself has chosen the place on which the monastery is now lying. For this purpose, he traveled a lot of places, and then suddenly he encountered this place that fascinated him with his beauty. At the time of the renewal of the Patriarchate of Pec, in the second half of the 16th century, better times emerged. At that time, even throughout the 17th century, the monastery treasury, library and other monastic buildings were enriched with valuable valuables. Particularly significant work is the monastery scriptricy where the liturgical and theological books were rewritten. At the time of the Great Emigration of Serbs under the patriarch Arseny Carnojevic, the monastery was robbed by the Turks. Difficult times were again created for the monastery of Decani and its brotherhood which was hardly held for years. The Dečanska church of Christ the Pantocrators is among the largest buildings of medieval Serbia. The Church of the Monastery of Decan was built of marble squares in two colors. By its architectural complexity, the church represents a harmonious interweaving of the elements of the western - Romanesque and Gothic, and eastern - Byzantine style with already existing traditions of Serbian art. The painting of the decanic temple lasted from the end of the construction in 1335 until the year 1350 and there were several groups of the best painters of the Dushan Empire. According to the number of characters and scenes, as well as the total painted surface, the deacon frescoes are leading in the Serbian painting of the Middle Ages. In 1903, the monastery was caught fire and everything burned to the ground that Arnauts did not come to the aid.
  • I highly recommend a visit to this monastery. The church and its medieval frescos are exquisite, and it's amazing that they have survived intact for so long. When I visited in the summer I was the only guest there, and one of the priests was kind enough to show me around the church, explain the frescos to me, and answer all of my questions. Across from the church there is also a little reception area where they provide free tea and coffee to the guests. It was well worth the trip out here for this experience.
  • A truely magical place. From the hussle and bussle of the town of Decani, entering into the monastery is like entering the gates of heaven. The monastery and its groups are well kept and peaceful. The staff are very accomodating and knowledgable. It is difficult getting to as there are no signs, howerver persistence will pay off as you will be greated by a truely spritiual and moving place. I suggest visiting the kiosk on the way out to buy some lovely home made plum brandy and Orthodox Christian icons.
  • Exceptional masterpiece of middle age. No matter in which religion you belive in to, a visit should be done. In fact, it is a historical site in the UNESCO list.
  • Amazing Orthodox monastery, although only the church and the gate are original. Thanks to the KFOR soldiers this place is safe from barbaric destruction.
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