Churches and monasteries


Manastir JermenčićMonasteries and churches are not only the culmination of Serbian medieval architecture, they are medieval art galleries, and the parts of the Serbian soul. These buildings are the most colorful encyclopedia of Serbian history. Monasteries and churches were the main focus of the community during their development.

Monasteries are linked to the first elements of Serbian literacy, schools, hospitals, and especially the medieval art. They are rich in preserved frescoes and, both newer and older, and compositions that describe Biblical events - the stages of Christianity in a unique and original way.

A real attraction is the life in monasteries, for centuries largely unchanged with a modest amount of achievements of modern times. The chores performed by monks and nuns are diverse. The list is large, and apart from the main one, and it is prayer, the monks are simultaneously carpenters, or craftsmen, as they call themselves. They do everything, from knitting rosaries, painting icons, to tilling the fields, orchards and vineyards. At the same time, they take care of the bees and make honey and wax. Most monastic cellars produce excellent wines from a variety of grapes from old vineyards.
The best known monasteries are Suvodol, St. Peter and Paul, near Zaječar, Jermenčić in Sokobanja, in the village of Gornja Kamenica, Krepičevac, Poganovski monastery, Sukovski monastery, monasteries of St. George, St. Petka, Holy Virgin.

There is a possibility of organizing regional guided tours for at least 15 people.