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Unique in their architecture, sculpture and ornamentation, frescoes, icons, manuscripts and numerous works of applied art, the monasteries of Serbia have long been a focus of attention for tourists and mediaeval art experts alike. The frescoes and icons in Serbia’s churches are a significant part of Serbia’s cultural, historical and national wealth.

Today, there are more than 200 monasteries in Serbia, 54 of which have been declared cultural monuments, while Stari Ras with Sopocani, Studenica and medieval Serbian monasteries in Kosovo and Metohija (Decani, Gracanica, Pecka patrijarsija and Bogorodica Ljeviska) are listed as UNESCO world heritage sites. At the area of Kosovo and Metohija King Milutin raised more than 40 churches. The masterpiece is surely symmetrical monastery of Gracanica, which is decorated with stone and brick.
In the Ibar River`s valley, on the stretch lying between Kraljevo and Novi Pazar, there is a group of monasteries built at the end of XII century and in XIII century, called Monasteries of Old Raska. These monumental edifices are the bearers of the original style merging Romanesque and Byzantine art influences.

The monumental fresco White Angel in Mileseva is the recognized symbol of internal beauty, whereas Dormition of the Holy Mother of God in Sopocani has been declared the most beautiful fresco of the Middle Ages.

The Morava River Basin monasteries, especially Manasija and Ravanica, are belted by strong walls strengthened with the high towers which were used for repelling the attacks of the Turks. Inside the monasteries` walls learned people, writers and artists from conquered countries found their refuge.

Monasteries of Blagovestenje, Vavedenje, Vaznesenje, Ilinje, once almost impossible to reach, are today connected by an artery. However, it is still only possible to reach the monastery of Jovanje by boat or ferry via the river.

Fruska Gora, at north of the county, is a place where the Serbian baroque style was conceived, where the first printing works and the inceptions of graphic arts appeared. 17 monasteries of these area where the places of culture and literacy.

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