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Address: Novi Pazar, Serbia
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Sopoćani Monastery, one of the most significant cultural monuments in Serbia, built in 13 cent. (1243-1276), not far from the source of the river Raška, located cca 15 km West of... read more

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aleksander s
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ljubljana
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ljubljana
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Sopoćani Monastery, one of the most significant cultural monuments in Serbia, built in 13 cent. (1243-1276), not far from the source of the river Raška, located cca 15 km West of Novi Pazar. Frescoes and icons in monastery Sopoćani are real masterpiece of art. A must see if you are around.

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Magor, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 11 October 2016

Under restoration at the moment and they are doing a wonderful job. There are some lovely frescoes but there has been a lot of damage over the years. It must have been magnificent in it's day though. As some have said the road is a little rough on the way up but negotiable. There are some lovely carvings in the... More 

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Smederevo, Serbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 September 2016

The Sopoćani Monstery is considered to be one of the most beautiful and historically most valuable monasteries in Serbia. If something is worth seeing in the Monastery, that would definitely be the old frescoes, which artistic and historical beauty cannot be described. Even though at the moment there are some restaurations going on inside the Monastery, you can still enjoy... More 

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Holiday, Florida
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Reviewed 12 September 2016

This review is restricted to the monastic complex at Sopocani and does not deal with Stari Ras. The principal church, dedicated to the Virgin Mary, was founded by Urosh I (1243-1276), and its mural decoration was executed in the last decade of his reign. Before entering the church proper, turn around and look up for a wall painting depicting contemporary... More 

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Bucharest, Romania
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Reviewed 4 September 2015 via mobile

Church is simply wonderful. Mind though you won't see too many of the unbelievable frescoes- as there is work in progress to repair them.

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Thank LouCaRomania
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Reviewed 25 August 2015

Sopocani monastery is one of the oldest. Currently under renovation promises a great experience for future visitors. Even though under renovation the place can still be visited. English information available at the site beside the Serbian. The climb to Stari Ras is a swating experience but gives a nice view over the town and the hills. There is not much... More 

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Thank Daemon 8
Belgrade, Serbia
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Reviewed 21 August 2015

A significant part of Serbian and world heritage from 13th Century. The complete site looks magic. It's very calm and quiet. The murals and frescoes are magnificent. The Monastery is a part of UNESCO World Heritage. It's just near the town of Novi Pazar but the road isn't in the best condition. On the other hand, there is a huge... More 

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Thank Vladimir J
Novi Pazar, Serbia
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Reviewed 19 August 2015

Monastery complex is 15 km away from Novi Pazar. It is under UNESCO's protection as a world heritage site. It is an endowment of King Stefan Uroš I of Serbia. Monastery was build by the Italian craftsmen. Near the monastery is the source of river Raška. Same source is used as a water source for Novi Pazar. Monastery is alive... More 

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Gulf Shores, Alabama
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Reviewed 11 October 2014

Spent my day at the monastery. Enjoyed the tranquility and ancient frescoes. They are in various states of what looks like restoration. The trip from Novi Pazar is around fifteen minutes and cost 10 Euro. My driver also waited for me while I visited. The area is very pastoral and we passed shepherds and monks tending their sheep flocks along... More 

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Torrance, California
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Reviewed 28 September 2014

I got in from an overnight bus from Sarajevo and had to wait for sunrise in a dingy cafe which served you Turkish coffee at 4:30 a.m. and ordered wonderful grilled sausages in a pita. The bathroom was one of the worst squat toilets i've ever encountered. The cook found me a local bus to take me to the monastery,... More 

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