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Stari Ras is only a faint memory of a fortress on a hilltop. The nearby monastery architecture and frescoes - excellent.

Stari Ras (Old Ras) is important for its historical significance, but there is hardly anything to... read more

Reviewed 7 August 2018
Raska, Serbia
The highlight is the church

The actual monastery must be the brand new building as it is still a working monastery and nothing... read more

Reviewed 23 July 2018
Kevin S
Pontypridd, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 7 August 2018

Stari Ras (Old Ras) is important for its historical significance, but there is hardly anything to see on the hilltop. Used to be one of the birthplaces of medieval Serbia. The Sopocani Monastery is wonderful, with beautiful monumental frescoes painted by the Serbian medieval school....More

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Reviewed 23 July 2018

The actual monastery must be the brand new building as it is still a working monastery and nothing remains of the original monastery structure apart from the outlines of where walls stood with a small amount of stones. The highlight is the church here. Not...More

Thank Kevin S
Reviewed 9 November 2017

15 km west of Novi Pazar you can come across Sopoćani Monastery. Set in seclusion and surrounded by nature in autumn colours, it is indeed a site worth visiting.

Thank Marek_ZG
Reviewed 21 June 2017

After visiting Zica and Studenica, from the north to south, next interesting UNESCO site is near the town of Novi Pazar...

Thank nevenjerkovic
Reviewed 13 May 2017

Sopoćani Monastery, one of the most significant cultural monuments in Serbia, built in 13 cent. (1243-1276), not far from the source of the river Raška, located cca 15 km West of Novi Pazar. Frescoes and icons in monastery Sopoćani are real masterpiece of art. A...More

Thank Aleksander Š
Reviewed 11 October 2016

Under restoration at the moment and they are doing a wonderful job. There are some lovely frescoes but there has been a lot of damage over the years. It must have been magnificent in it's day though. As some have said the road is a...More

Thank matthow
Reviewed 18 September 2016

The Sopoćani Monstery is considered to be one of the most beautiful and historically most valuable monasteries in Serbia. If something is worth seeing in the Monastery, that would definitely be the old frescoes, which artistic and historical beauty cannot be described. Even though at...More

Thank IgorMarkovic
Reviewed 12 September 2016

This review is restricted to the monastic complex at Sopocani and does not deal with Stari Ras. The principal church, dedicated to the Virgin Mary, was founded by Urosh I (1243-1276), and its mural decoration was executed in the last decade of his reign. Before...More

Thank Bob B
Reviewed 4 September 2015 via mobile

Church is simply wonderful. Mind though you won't see too many of the unbelievable frescoes- as there is work in progress to repair them.

Thank LouCaRomania
Reviewed 25 August 2015

Sopocani monastery is one of the oldest. Currently under renovation promises a great experience for future visitors. Even though under renovation the place can still be visited. English information available at the site beside the Serbian. The climb to Stari Ras is a swating experience...More

Thank Daemon 8
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