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Decani Monastery

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Decani Monastery
Decani Monastery
Decani Monastery


Tangible HeritageWhat: Orthodox Church
Where: Serbia, Visoki Decani, Djakovica/Gjakova
When: High Middle Ages

The Decani Monastery is located at the foot of the Prokletije mountains, in the western part of the province of Kosovo. It was built in the mid 14th century for the Serbian King Stefan Decanski, and after the king’s death it also houses his mausoleum. The monastery church is the largest of all medieval churches in South Eastern Europe and represents the last important phase of Byzantine-Romanesque architecture in the region. The entire interior of the church is covered with exceptional and well-preserved Byzantine paintings. They contain over 1,000 individual depictions of saints. The original marble floor is preserved, as are numerous Romanesque sculptures, the interior furniture, and the main 14th century iconostasis. The Decani treasury is the richest in Serbia – it has about 60 exceptional icons from the 14th to 17th centuries. The architecture and decoration of the monastery represent an exceptional intertwining of Byzantine and Western traditions.

Read more about the treasure at the Unesco World Heritage List.


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