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Thursday, 14 December 2017

Serbian Holy Mountain

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Within a narrow geographical region, in the Zapadna Morava river gorge, there is a large group of monasteries, popularly referred to as the “Serbian Holy Mountain”. Most of the monasteries were built during the period of Turkish rule, when they had great historical, cultural and artistic value. Incredible sights of deep gorge, two lakes, and river make this area a place close to the garden of Eden.

Day 1  Belgrade – Ovčar Spa

Departure to „Holly mountain“.

Visit to several monasteries and Kadjenica cave.

The oldest written sources tell of a highly industrious school of manuscript copying in the 16th century in the monasteries, and Vuk Karadžić relates that two of these monasteries (Blagoveštenje and Jovanje) had “towers for the writing of books”. The monasteries of Ovčar-Kablar gorge were an important centre of artistic endeavour, evidenced by the fact that all the churches had painted frescoes and rood screens in the form of iconostases, which have been partially preserved. It is considered that first monasteries could be built even in 14th century.

The original number of monasteries is unknown, but today there are ten. To the left of the Zapadna Morava, beneath Kablar, are the monasteries of Blagoveštenje, Ilinje, Nikolje, Uspenje i Jovanje, while beneath Ovčar are Sretenje, Sveta Trojica, Preobraženje, Vaznesenje and Vavedenje. Over time, many of the monasteries have been altered and restored. Due to the construction of a railway, Preobraženje was relocated. Jovanje was entirely rebuilt due to the construction of the Međuvršje hydroelectric power station, Vaznesenje was significantly restored and Ilinje and Uspenje were rebuilt in their former locations between the two world wars.

The most important monasteries (Blagoveštenje, Nikolje, Sretenje and Sveta Trojica) have been subjected to expert conservation measures and are protected as cultural monuments of great significance for the history and culture of Serbia.

During our tour we will also visit cave of Kadjenica, where the Turks burned Serbian refuges, children and women, during the Serbian uprising. Their holly bones are today buried inside the cave.

Our base will be Ovčar spa where we will be accommodated, and have lunch and dinner.

Dinner. Overnight.

Day 2  Ovčar Spa - Belgrade

Breakfast.

Journey to a beautiful view point at the top of Kablar Mountain.

Walking tour of monasteries, Blagovestenje, Jovanje...

Lunch.

Return to Belgrade.

Price: on request