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Visoki Decani Monastery

 

 

 

Visoki Decani Monastery

 

 

 

Take the opportunity to during your stay in Montenegro visit another jewel of the world cultural heritage from the list of UNESCO - Visoki Decani Monastery in which church was built century and a half before Columbus was sailed to the coast of America and where history is under the protection of a saint.

 

The road to Decani follows the coast of Montenegro, plains and foothills of the giant peaks of Prokletije in Albania and Kosovo where passes modern highway. When we get closer to the Decani monastery view on surrounding hills will especially enchant you. The hills covered with chestnut with a lush and large treetop adorned this untouched landscape.

 

The Visoki Decani Monastery is located in the valley of Decanska Bistrica River, below the mountain range of Prokletije, close to the town of Decani, in Kosovo and Metohija. Visoki Decani Monastery is the largest Serbian Medieval structure 30 m wide, 36 m tall, dome 29 m high and thus the name “Visoki Decani” (High Decani). It was built as the endowment of King Stefan of Decani. The construction of the Church of Christ Pantocrator was started in 1327. According to the architectural complexity, and permeation of western and Byzantine forms, Decani church is a unique medieval monument. Its construction is completed son of King Stefan - Dusan in 1335. At the same time as the church, were built dormitories and monumental refectory, the monastery is surrounded by a high wall with a tower above the entrance, and it was built also and monastery hospital. The temple is up to 1350, painted some of the best fresco painters of Dusan's empire. The frescoes of Decani are leaders of the medieval Serbian painting while the monastery treasury, by the richness and artistic value. Special monastery preciousness is cross of Emperor Dusan and cross of King Stefan of Decani. King Stefan of Decani is in gratitude because return of eyesight, donated to Saint Nicholas 1327 with gold and silver encrusted icon of St. Nicholas, which is still located in the Basilica of St. Nicholas in Bari (Italy).

 

The luxurious beauty of the church literally breathtaking for those who saw her for the first time and never ceases to amaze. The facade of the Visoki Decani Monastery is covered with beautiful white, gray and pink marble, always has a different reflection in relation to the time of day and weather conditions, and always is in contrast with the green lawn so that they dominate its magnificent surroundings.

 

Price: from 90,00 € per person

 

Excursion map - Decani

 

Map of excursion

 

Decani Monastery inside

Brochure about Monastery

Visoki Decani (PDF)

 

Interior of Decani Monastery

 

Decani Monastery - Altar

 

Decani Monastery Frescoes

 

Fountain in Monastery Decani

 

Decani - Dormitory

Sveti Stefan of Decani
Orthodox Monastery Visoki Decani
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