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Visoki Decani Monastery

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Address: Rruga Sali Ceku | the Prokletije Mountains, 51000, Kosovo
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Dating back to the 14th century, this is the best-preserved Serbian...

Dating back to the 14th century, this is the best-preserved Serbian monastery that represents an exceptional synthesis of Byzantine and Western medieval styles.

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A miracle you can witness (with your own eyes)

The monastery is resplendent with frescoes throughout the interior. They alone make this monastery worth the visit. But the facts that: this monastery still exists despite its... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The monastery is resplendent with frescoes throughout the interior. They alone make this monastery worth the visit. But the facts that: this monastery still exists despite its location and the troubles in the area; it has remarkable monks who seem truly dedicated; and the interesting backstory make this a “must see” in my book. The backstory: The monastery was founded... More 

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Travelling Europe
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2017

Romanesque exterior architecture and Byzantine interior decoration come together to make an exquisite visual experience, set in a beautiful, peaceful valley. Such a shame that it still needs Italian KFOR troop presence to guard against sectarian violence.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2017

I got goosebumps as I walked into the church. Truly incredible place that gives you the opportunity to time travel back several centuries. The church interior defies description. Amazing that this centuries-old church has survived in the Balkans. Father Petar invited me into the monastery for a coffee, which was very kind of him! He speaks excellent English and is... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2016

Reminded us of the monasteries in South Serbia. Very few visitors, this is a shame when you think of the unique wall paintings!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

Impressive and very well-preserved monastry. Still guarded by Russian KFOR troups but don't let that bother you. Friendly monks work in the souvenir shop, which sells self-made cheeses and wine, next to the usuals gadgets. But most of all extremely impressive chapel with mideaval art.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

Visoki Decani, "lofty Decani, was designed by Vid, a Catholic monk from Kotor. The facade features alternating courses of two different colored local stones, the red breccia apparently in imitation of purple porphyry, and a golden colored marble, both of which enhance the opulently worked mural paintings within which feature lapis lazuli blue backgrounds enhanced by the use of gold... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016 via mobile

I highly recommend visiting. It's the most impressive monastery I have visited in the Balkans. The inside of the church is beautifully decorated with lots of frescos. You can take photos outside the building but not inside. We had a guide show us around and he was excellent. He gave us lots of interesting facts and information. I was well... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2016

Tucked back away from the center of Deçan, Kosovo (about a 2k walk into the mountains), this fascinating monastery is filled with original frescos, beautiful grounds and a fascinating history. Volunteers at the monastery can tell you the history and answer questions in Serbian and English and there is a quaint gift shop that sells homemade raki, wine, cheese, pottery... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2016

This is the must visit and is the major one in UNESCO's world heritage list. The site is still under NATO's peace force protection, so security guard will check each tourist's bag carefully. Nevertheless, it will be a great pity if you are in Kosovo and miss this one. The monastery has amazing compound, quiet environment and great frescos inside... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2016 via mobile

Extremely well preserved notwithstanding centuries of wars, this Serbian Orthodox Monastery offers amazing unrestored frescos. It is now guarded by NATO's KFOR troops and passports may be required due to heightened security.

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