Visoki Decani Monastery

Visoki Decani Monastery, Decan: Address, Phone Number, Visoki Decani Monastery Reviews: 5/5

Visoki Decani Monastery
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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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Riki
London, UK1 contribution
This isn’t a serbian monastery.
Jan 2021 • Solo
This is far from a serbian monastery. Shameful how they try to rewrite history and believe their own lies.
Written 2 January 2021
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lazarodzak
Durham, NC16 contributions
See Outstanding Medieval Serbian Architecture and Iconography
Sep 2019
Located near the ancient town of Peć in the southern region of Kosovo, monastery Dečani was built in 1327AD by Serbian King Stefan Uroš III [1285-1331]. While the imposing, domed stone exterior is impressive, the interior is just breathtaking. Interior walls of the Monastery, from floor to its highest parts of the domed ceiling, are covered by exquisite and colorful frescoes and iconography, depicting biblical scenes, saints, and canonized members of the then ruling Serbian royal dynasty. Current Abbott, Father Sava, our gracious host and guide, informed us that the several thousand scenes and individual figures were painted by numerous iconographers and only completed in 1348. Later, the height of the monastery’s dome, especially when viewed from the central interior, earned it the adjective “Visoki” [high] – Visoki Dečani. Over the years, Visoki Dečani also collected an exceptionally valuable treasury of icons, ornamented liturgical artifacts, manuscripts, and furniture decorated with wood inlays.
While Visoki Dečani is nearly seven centuries old, the monks’ quarters ["konaks"] and other auxiliary buildings that surround it, date to various periods – some are quite modern and comfortable for current visitors. Visitors are welcomed warmly and we felt even more welcome as some of the monks, including Abbott Father Sava, speak very passable English. For this visitor, it was exciting, stimulating, and moving to see and enjoy this place of living history .
Written 16 November 2019
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eatanddrinkandsleep
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Beautiful monastery, surly staff
Jul 2019 • Solo
All you really need to know about the monastery itself has already been said in previous posts. It's an astonishing piece of architecture with a fascinating history and the most incredible frescoes.

Some things of note that I hadn't seen written here:

1. Long trousers are essential. You can buy (€1) robes similar to doctor's scrubs at the entrance gate, but not before being berated by the man there. Summers here are hot, so some sort of sarong or clothes to change into is advisable if you really don't want to spend that €1.

2. You need to take a passport to leave with the KFOR officers. This is returned to you at the end. In exchange, they give you a pass to enter.

3. You can only take photos of the building's exterior, and using only a phone, not a camera (this includes point-and-shoots). Again, the man told me forcefully about seven times not to use my camera, even though after the first time I said, "Sure, no problem" and put it away in my tote bag.

4. If walking from Decan town, it's an easy enough route from the main roundabout in town, though there are no pavements for most of it. The road is quiet, though, and reasonably wide.
Written 17 July 2019
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Las Buganvillas
Cartagena, Colombia766 contributions
A jewel of 14th century painting
Jul 2019 • Friends
This monastery, one of the four in Kosovo and Methohija recognized by UNESCO as Common Heritage of Mankind, is a true marvel. What amazes as soon as you enter is first of all the enormous space on which paintings were made, and secondly, the extraordinary good condition in which they still exist. The monastery started the process of digitalization which will allow people all over the world to see these marvels of Serbian Renaissance and hopefully wish to see it in person.
Written 7 July 2019
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kikona
California45 contributions
Fascinating historical, cultural, religious, artistic site
Jun 2019 • Friends
Simply one of the most beautiful places to see. Regardless of your religious affiliation (or lack of), this is a world treasure. To be able to walk in and see the centuries old frescos that adorn the walls and ceilings is an inspiring experience. Of course it isn’t on the scale of huge churches like the Aga Sophia of Istanbul, Peter’s in Rome or many of the Gothic cathedrals of Europe, but the intimacy of the building can be just as moving, if not more.
Written 19 June 2019
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Cosmic angel
Berlin, Germany114 contributions
Dont pass through - a place to see
May 2019 • Solo
Nice place to see but hard to get - about 2 km from the bus stop on foot. Unless you travel by car, then its easy, parking in front. Take your ID or passport - you will be checked and asked to leave it by guards. Before you will pass one more security control on a road.
Super preserved interior. Highly recommending to spend some time there and explore it. Guy from administration will explain everything you need about it. Souvenir shop on site. WC. I was also invited for a coffee at their coffee bar. Possible to purchase a wifi access too. Nice gesture from administration and monks.
Written 26 May 2019
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Zsolt C
67 contributions
A Must-see religious sight
Aug 2018 • Friends
A religious and artistic World Cultural Heritage sight that must be visited once. It's a shame the local Albaninas do not really protect and promote it because it's a 700-year old wonderful Serbian Orthodox monastery protected by KFOR. ust visit, Take a cheap taxi from town.
Written 16 May 2019
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Helen S
London, UK167 contributions
UNESCO Heritage Abounds
May 2019 • Couples
This fabulous monastery is definitely worth a visit to see the stunning and amazingly intact frescos from the 14th century.

The church and monastery grounds are beautiful but the frescoes inside are the real historic charm of this place. Extremely well preserved and the entire complex is guarded by KFOR being a Serbian national treasure within Kosovo to ensure this historical place is preserved for future generations.

No photography inside the church however outside is usually fine if you ask in advance. Passports required to enter as Serbian landmark.
Written 4 May 2019
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Jo W
Vacaville, CA227 contributions
Beautiful! Antiquity that inspires Awe
Apr 2019 • Friends
This is a beautiful functioning Monastery that we are allowed to visit. The paintings in the Church are over 800 years old and original. There is a very nice gift shop where you can purchase some items that are made there. Our guide spoke perfect English. He said there are three Orthodox Parishioners that attend services in that beautiful Church. Lovely.
Written 23 April 2019
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TT Yu
Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina143 contributions
Pictures you must see inside
Apr 2019 • Friends
We visited there this afternoon. It was the first time for us in Balkan to show and hand in the passports to the soldiers in the front gate before getting in. I loved the environment--- it was silent and comfortable. Inside the monastery, there are many ancient pictures colorfully painted on the walls and ceiling, well upkept and looking very impressive. The pictures show the orthodox holy stories. A good place for visit!
Written 16 April 2019
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