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Zica Monastery, Kraljevo

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Žiča is an early 13th-century Serb Orthodox monastery near Kraljevo, Serbia. The monastery, together with the Church of the Holy Dormition, was built by the first King of Serbia, Stefan the First-Crowned and the first Head of the Serbian Church, Saint Sava.Žiča was the seat of the Archbishop (1219–1253), and by tradition the coronational church of the Serbian kings, although a king could be crowned in any Serbian church, he was never considered a true king until he was anointed in Žiča. Žiča was declared a Cultural Monument of Exceptional Importance in 1979, and it is protected by Serbia. In 2008, Žiča celebrated 800 years of existence.BackgroundFounding of Serbian ChurchThe Serbs were initially under the jurisdiction of the Archbishopric of Ohrid, under the tutelage of the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople. Rastko Nemanjić, the son of Stefan Nemanja, ruled as Grand Prince of Hum 1190-1192, previously held by Grand Prince Miroslav. In the autumn of 1192 (or shortly thereafter)
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  • monastery Zica is a must visit and a starting point if you intend to jump on the spiritual visit of Serbian history since Nemanjic dynasty. Next stop Studenica  more »
  • This stunning, early 13th century monastery is one of the most important places in Serbian medieval history. It is the church where all Serbian kings were crowned and it was the first seat of Serbian ...  more »
  • This monastery is a stone throws out of Kraljevo and provides the visitor a unique and unmissable feel of Serbian history and culture. Built in the 13th century, this is one of many monasteries locate...  more »

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