Category Archives: Serbia ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธ

Stari Ras and Sopoฤ‡ani

On the outskirts of Stari Ras, the first capital of Serbia, there is an impressive group of medieval monuments consisting of fortresses, churches and monasteries. The monastery at Sopoฤ‡ani is a reminder of the contacts between Western civilization and the Byzantine world.

Since 1979 it is a Unesco site.

Thanks to Sini for the postcard.


Medieval Monuments in Kosovo

The four edifices of the site reflect the high points of the Byzantine-Romanesque ecclesiastical culture, with its distinct style of wall painting, which developed in the Balkans between the 13th and 17th centuries. The Deฤani Monastery was built in the mid-14th century for the Serbian king Stefan Deฤanski and is also his mausoleum. The Patriarchate of Peฤ‡ Monastery is a group of four domed churches featuring series of wall paintings. The 13th-century frescoes of the Church of Holy Apostles are painted in a unique, monumental style. Early 14th-century frescoes in the church of the Holy Virgin of Ljevisa represent the appearance of the new so-called Palaiologian Renaissance style, combining the influences of the eastern Orthodox Byzantine and the Western Romanesque traditions. The style played a decisive role in subsequent Balkan art.

Since 2004 it is a Unesco site.

Thanks to Sini for the postcards.

serbia - kosovo

Gamzigrad-Romuliana, Palace of Galerius

The Late Roman fortified palace compound and memorial complex of Gamzigrad-Romuliana, Palace of Galerius, in the east of Serbia, was commissioned by Emperor Caius Valerius Galerius Maximianus, in the late 3rd and early 4th centuries. It was known as Felix Romuliana, named after the emperorโ€™s mother. The site consists of fortifications, the palace in the north-western part of the complex, basilicas, temples, hot baths, memorial complex, and a tetrapylon. The group of buildings is also unique in its intertwining of ceremonial and memorial functions.

Since 2007 it is a Unesco site.

Thanks to Sini for the postcard.

serbia - romuliano