Sopocani Monastery

Frescoes monastery Sopocani top of fresco painting

Sopocani Monastery was built by Uros I Nemanjic up to 1260. It was expanded and renovated by his great grandson Dusan in the mid 14th century. Although Sopocani Monastery used to be a large complex, to this day it has only been possible to preserve the Holy Trinity Church.

The monastery is built in Rashka style. Its frescoes, being one of the most impressive creation of Byzantine art, monumentally present persons and events from the history of Christianity. The Sopocani frescoes, painted in the first half of the 13th century, are the pinnacle of a classical style whose basic features are harmony and beauty.

The most precious fresco is The Assumption of Virgin Mary, painted on the west wall of the church. It is a composition whose main feature is the symphony of yellow, blue, green and violet colors. The monastery was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979 within Stari Ras and Sopocani complex.

The monastery is situated at the spring of the Raska River, about 15 kilometers west of Novi Pazar.