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Seven Serbian Wonders of Nature

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, November 03, 2013 at 04:32:45 :: Serbia

Davolja VarosDiscover the seven Serbian Wonders of Nature:

Đavolja Varoš

Located in southern Serbia on the Radan Mountain, Đavolja Varoš (meaning "Devil's Town") is a peculiar natural formation of 202 rock towers, between 2 and 15 meters in height and 4 to 6 meters wide at the base, caused by centuries of erosion. Đavolja Varoš is located 27 km south-east of Kuršumlija and 90 km from Niš.

Uvac

The Uvac is a 119 km long river that runs through Serbia, Republika Srpska and Bosnia and Herzegovina. It’s the main tributary of the Lim River and it marks the northern border of the Sandžak and Raška. The Uvac originates in the Pešter plateau from the Ninaja mountain and is well-known for its meanders.

Tara National Park

The Tara National Park, a 19,200 hectare park which encompasses Tara and Zvijezda mountains in western Serbia, was designated a national park in 1981. It’s one of five national parks of Serbia. The park is known for its beautiful peaks, thick forests (which account for three quarters of this national park's area), and deep picturesque gorges. The most striking of these gorges is the Drina Gorge, where rafting and boat trips are organized. The park's management office is located in nearby Bajina Bašta.

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Raska Town

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, September 20, 2009 at 10:47:49 :: Serbia

Raška (Рашка) is a town and municipality in south-central Serbia. Municipality has a population of 26,981 people, while the town has a population of 6,633 people (as of 2009). It covers an area of 670 square kilometers.

Small church in Raška' main place - Raška (Рашка), Serbia (Србија)


The town is situated on rivers Raška and Ibar in the South-West of Serbia.

Main economy resources include Industry, Mining Exploitation, Tourism and Farming. The area is rich in magnesium, fibreglass and wood. The mining resources include charcoal, asbestos, lead and zinc.

Raška and the whole Rascia state have played a very important role in the Serbian medieval history.

The medieval Serbian State, which was gradually being formed on the territory of the Byzantine Empire, was most often designated with two terms - "Serbia and Rascia" (Rashka). The first term is completely clear. It is of ethnic origin and it designated lands settled by the Serbs on the Balkan Peninsula, i.e. the State of the Nemanyich and then successors to the Serbian throne. It has survived until our days. The other term has been mysterious for a long time. It is a regional name of one pare of the Serbian lands, which gradually became the sign for the entire State.

Walking street downtown Raška, small city in Serbia


Important monuments from this period include Gradac monastery, Stara Pavlica monastery, Nova Pavlica monastery and Končul monastery, as well as several churches built between the 12th and 14th century.

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UNESCO World Heritage

Serbia, Gamzigrad-Romuliana, Palace of Galerius

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, May 25, 2014 at 16:46:15

Location Eastern Serbia
Coordinates N43 53 57.5 E22 11 10
Property 179 ha
Date of Inscription 2007

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1253 )

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 emperor’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.

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Gate area, Gamzigrad-Romuliana, Palace of Galerius Western gate, Gamzigrad-Romuliana, Palace of Galerius

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Serbia, Medieval Monuments in Kosovo

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, May 24, 2014 at 18:05:05

Location Autonomous province of Kosovo, Republic of Serbia
Coordinates N42 39 40 E20 15 56
Property 2.88 ha
Date of Inscription 2004

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/724 )

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 Dečani Monastery was built in the mid-14th century for the Serbian king Stefan Dečanski and is also his mausoleum. The Patriarchate of Peć 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.

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Dečani Monastery Dečani Monastery
Patriarchate of Peć Monastery Patriarchate of Peć Monastery
Our Lady of Ljeviš Our Lady of Ljevis
Gračanica Monastery Gracanica monastery

Serbia, Studenica Monastery

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, May 18, 2014 at 10:14:13

Location Village of Studenica, Commune of Kraljevo, Raška District, Republic of Serbia
Coordinates N43 29 9.996 E20 32 12.012
Property 1.16 ha
Date of Inscription 1986

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/389 )

The Studenica Monastery was established in the late 12th century by Stevan Nemanja, founder of the medieval Serb state, shortly after his abdication. It is the largest and richest of Serbia’s Orthodox monasteries. Its two principal monuments, the Church of the Virgin and the Church of the King, both built of white marble, enshrine priceless collections of 13th- and 14th-century Byzantine painting.

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Church of the Virgin, Studenica monastery Church of the King, Studenica monastery

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Serbia, Stari Ras and Sopocani

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, May 18, 2014 at 09:28:52

Location Vicinity of Novi Pazar, Raška District, Republic of Serbia
Coordinates N43 7 8.004 E20 25 22.008
Property 199 ha
Date of Inscription 1979

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/96 )

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 Sopoćani is a reminder of the contacts between Western civilization and the Byzantine world.

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Petrova Church, Stari Ras Sopocani monastery

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