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Sunday, 21 January 2018

Monastery Sopocani

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monastery-sopocaniSopoćani, home of the Holy Trinity, was built by King Stefan Uros I (1243-1276) near the spring of the river Raska. The monastery is located west of Novi Pazar. At this place, the home of the Serbian medieval Nemanjić dynasty, the third son of King Stefan left legacy which with its size and beauty is above all earlier Serbian churches.

The frescoes of the monastery Sopoćani are a masterpiece of art, which many years later brought worldwide fame to Sopocani. Today it is one of the most important Serbian cultural monuments, which in 1979. was included in the UNESCO list of world heritage together with medieval monuments protected under the united entirety Stari Ras and Sopoćani.
Today it is difficult to specify when Sopoćani were built. The most probable is the assumption that the monastery was built in the second half of the reign of King Stefan Uros I, probably around the 1260. A detour led this conclusion, since it is a reliable conclusion that the frescoes of the monastery were painted in the sixties of the thirteenth century.

During the period of Ottoman rule in the seventeenth century, the monastery was significantly damaged and was rebuilt in the early decades of the twentieth century.
After the restoration Sopoćani were female monastery. After the arrival of ten monks and novices from the monastery Black River 1996 the monastery became mail again, as it was in the Middle Ages.