Category Archives: Despot Stefan Lazarevic
In the hearth of Šumadija, on the slopes of the Gledičke Mountains, there is one of the most pleasant parts of Central Serbia, hilly landscape full of clear springs, rivers, gorges, medical herbs, game… It is a grove decorated with picturesque natural attractions, better known as Levac. It can also be recognized by the Kalenić Monastery, spiritual and cultural center, of which protected area we care. Open – air Museum “Kalenić” acquaints visitors with authentic experience and tradition, customs, history and culture of Levac, national kitchen, correlates with domestic and wild animals in nature. Youngest devotees of nature and healthy life can express their creativity and research spirit within the educational workshops in healthy and attractive natural environment:Leaving Belgrade at 7:00 AM Arrival at Kalenic at 11:00 AM from 11:00h until 17:00h
– familiarizing with the old handy crafts and participating in making toys and souvenirs of natural materials [weaving, spinning, knitting, basket weaving…],
– visit to the Monastery; a lesson about Despot Stefan Lazarević,
– presentation of the folk architecture and traditional usable things [visit to the households],
– participating in the workshop of fine arts [presentation of Janko Baršić naïve art school],
– recreation in nature, learning old children’s games, familiarizing with natural lair of animals, plants, bird watching…
– familiarizing with domestic animals and ways of cultivating land, planting and growing, cereals, fruits and vegetables,
– enjoying honey and its products,
– visit to a watermill and manifestation of grinding wheat,
– participating in the production of homemade dishes and products [bred baking, curdling, making jam, drying fruit, making soaps…].
Workshops are adjusted to juvenile; a lot of games, songs and careless socializing in pure nature.
Arrival at Belgrade around 09:00 PM
Day 1th: Arrival to Belgrade. Meeting of passengers and representatives of the agency at the airport Nikola Tesla – Belgrade. Transfer to the hotel. Spare time. Overnight.Day 2nd: Breakfast. Route: Belgrade – Vrnjačka Banja [spa]. Sanctum places of Serbian capital [St. Petka Chapel and Church Ružica, Orthodox Church and Patriarch’s residence, St. Sava’s Temple, the biggest Orthodox Temple in the Balkans]. Departure to Vrnajčka banja. Visit to the Monasteries Pokajnica, Manasija, and Ravanica; lunch in the monastery. Arrival to Vrnajčka banja. Accommodation. Overnight.Day 3rd: Breakfast. Route: Vrnajčka banja – Monasteries Žiča, Ljubostinja, Kalenić – Vrnjačka Banja. Lunch is planned in Monastery Kalenić. Visit to the open – air Museum “Kalenić” and familiarizing with the old Serbian crafts: weaving, spinning, knitting, basket weaving. Presentation of the national architecture and traditional usable objects.
Return to Vrnjačka Banja. Accommodation. Overnight.Day 4th: Breakfast. Spare time. Route: Vrnjačka Banja – Monastery Studenica.
Visit to Monasteries Djurdjevi Stupovi, Sopoćani. Arrival to Monastery Studenica. Lunch. Accommodation in the Monastery’s residential building and presence to the evening prayer. Overnight
Day 5th: Breakfast in the Monastery residential building. Route: Studenica – Ovčar banja [spa] – Ovčarsko – Kablarska Gorge – Valjevo
Visit to Monastery Gradac [long hiking tour] and St. Peter’s Church on the way to Ovčar Banja. Arrival to Ovčar banja. Lunch in the national restaurant. Visit to the Monasteries of Ovčarsko – Kablarska Gorge: Vavedenje [Presentation of the Virgin], Vaznesenje [Resurrection], Sretenje [Meeting of Our Lord in the Temple], Svete Trojice Blagovestenje [Annunciation of Holy Trinity], Ilinje, Savinje, Nikolje, Jovanje i Uspenje [Dormition]. Departure to Valjevo. Accommodation. Overnight.
Day 6th: Breakfast. Route: Valjevo – village Sitarice – Valjevo.
Petnica cave, Research Center in Petnica. Visit to the old city center Tešnjar, Muselin’s konak [hist. castle, palace], the monument of the greatest Serbian army commander Živojin Mišić, and the monument of poetess Desanka Maksimović]. Visit of the Monasteries Ćelije and Lelić in which are the relics of the Bishop Nikolaj Velimirović, the Orthodox theologian and writer from 20th century. Visit to the Monastery Pustinja from 14th century, built during the rule of the Nemanjić royal family.
Visit to the village Sitarice on the hillsides of Medvednik Mountain. This is the place with traditional, old Serbian houses, outbuildings, folklore, customs and traditional dishes of Serbian cuisine are preserved and cherished. In the yard of an old authentic village house, Serbian dining table brimming with national dishes and drinks, traditional Serbian host, songs and dancing typical for this part of Serbia, welcomes guests. Return to the hotel. Overnight.
Day 7th Breakfast. Route: Valjevo – Soko Grad – Monastery Tronoša – Tršić – Belgrade
Departure from Valjevo. Arrival to Soko Grad and visit to the Monastery Complex of “Soko Grad”. Short break. Departure to Monastery Tronoša and Trsić. Visit to the Monastery Tronoša and monastery residential building. Visit to the Ethnographic Commemorative Park and Commemorative House dedicated to the father of Serbian literacy Vuk Stefanović Karadžić in Tršić. Lunch break and individual activities. Departure to Belgrade in the evening. Accommodation in the hotel. Overnight.
Day 8th: Breakfast. Transfer to the airport; departure.
Nemanjic’s Monasteries – The monastery of Zica, a foundation of King Stefan the First – Crowned from the beginning of 13 century. It used to be the seat of the first Serbian archbishopric and archbishop Sava Nemanjic. Here was crowned Stefan the First – Crowned, the first Serbian ruler “wreathed by the royal crown” in 1217.Studenica monastery, a foundation of Stefan Nemanja which the creator of the Serbian state and church built at the peak of his power toward the end of 12 century was the seat of creation of first Serbian literary works and early Serbian fresco painting. The Church of the Virgin served also as the mausoleum of the dynasty and its founder.
Monasteries Zica Studenica by Nemanjic
Nemanjic’s Monasteries – The monastery of Zica, a foundation of King Stefan the First – Crowned from the beginning of 13 century. It used to be the seat of the first Serbian archbishopric and archbishop Sava Nemanjic. Here was crowned Stefan the First – Crowned, the first Serbian ruler “wreathed by the royal crown” in 1217.
Studenica monastery, a foundation of Stefan Nemanja which the creator of the Serbian state and church built at the peak of his power toward the end of 12 century was the seat of creation of first Serbian literary works and early Serbian fresco painting. The Church of the Virgin served also as the mausoleum of the dynasty and its fou
Memorial Monastery Ravanica of Prince Lazar
Ravanica monastery, together with the Church of the Holy Ascension, and its buildings surrounded by strong defensive walls with seven towers, lies at the foot of the Kučaj mountains, in the village of Senje near Ćuprija. It was the endowment of Prince Lazar. It was built during the period between 1375 and 1377, and its frescoes were painted in the years preceding the Battle of Kosovo. The benefactor’s composition was added to after Lazar’s death in the battle.
Due to its architectural and artistic features, the Ravanica church can be called the birthplace of the new artistic movement called the Morava school. The church is original in its architectural style, which is a blend of the Mount Athos tradition of the trefoil base and the cross-in-square five-domed model which became standard in the time of King Milutin. Its trefoil floor plan inspired the future development of church layout. The church was built from alternating rows of stone and brick and was decorated with ceramic ornamental elements and rich sculpture.
In its frescoes, which have remained preserved in the apse and main interior portion of the church, certain innovations can be observed relating to patterns in the selection of themes and cycles (Major Festivals, the Passion of Christ, Miracles and Parables) which were to become standard in the painting of later Moravian Serbian churches.
Serbian Monasteries Gallery