In this tour we will visit Studenica and Žiča monasteries and also see some fascinating natural landscapes of Šumadija region. We start the tour with drive from Belgrade to Žiča Monastery (around 3h). Monastery was built in the XIII century by the first Serbian King-Stefan the First-Crowned and the First Serbian Archbishop Saint Sava, Žiča is recognizable with its beautiful red facade. This place used to be extremely important in medieval Serbia since the monastery became the center of Serbian Orthodox Church after it had got autonomy in the XIII century. Besides, here for the first time in Serbian history the king was crowned and later it became a tradition for Serbian kings to be crowned just in Žiča monastery. Žiča Monastery was destroyed and rebuild several times and today it serves as only woman monastery with around 40 nuns living there.
Following river Ibar through beautiful landscapes, known as valley of lilacs, we reach our next stop – Studenica monastery. Studenica was established in the XII by Stefan Nemanja, the founder of the medieval Serb state. It is the largest and richest of all Serbian Orthodox monasteries. Complex is surrounded by fortified walls with purpose of protecting four churches and one more, preserved in the foundations. While enjoying the calmness of Studenica we will admire the astonishing interior of the main Holy Virgin church, which presents probably the best masterpiece of medieval fresco art from the XII and later centuries.
After the tour we can have traditional lunch in monastery or we can stop by to a local village and have lunch in an authentic restaurant “Kod Mira”. This place exists for more than 200 years and over all that time is owned by the same family – that is the best verification of the quality of their food.
After lunch we will start our journey back to Belgrade.
Duration: 10 – 11 hours