Visoki Decani Monastery
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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duhoz
Beroun, Czech Republic7,007 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
It was founded in the first half of the 14th century by King of Serbia Stefan Decanski and is listed on the UNRESCO World heritage Dečani Monastery is currently under guard from KFOR. 5€ entrance fee is worth of money as the beauty of monastery is inside. The part of the entrance fee was a knowledgeable guide. The frescoes inside are impressive as well as sculptures, murals, and icons. Taking pictures but without flash possible. The place is full of serenity and vibes.
After the churg visit you have to stop at the shop to buy souvenir, cheese pr wine made by monks. Excellent red or white wine for 10€ or even red, dry, quality barrique wine, made from Cabernet Sauvignon 20€. You can pay by credit cards
Of course you have to be properly dressed. And to enter the site, you need to bring and surrender passport to the KFOR unit at the gate.
Written 25 July 2023
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Justin
76 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
Great experience with the assistance of Miljan our 16 year old guide on holiday work. Free to enter if not in a bus tour. Currently you may take photos inside but only with your phone and no flash. Only clothing rule enforced was no shorts or tank tops. But check on the day. Souvenir shop takes credit card. I recommend the church red wine at E 10.

Great to hear some conciliatory language about the desire for Albanians and Serbs to live in peace.

Great day trip from Peja is to bus to Decan (E 1.50, 30 minutes, frequent- we caught the 11.15am from Peja bus terminal. Walk 2 km to monastery via new information centre (with bike hire possible) and KFor road blocks. Then walk on another 1 km to a quality over the river restaurant Gryka Decanit. Retrace steps 500m and cross river at new bridge built by KFor. Follow road past a (bizarre) local swimming hole until you can join a new path constructed along the river where there is another restaurant. From Gryka back to the main road to catch the bus home is an enjoyable 4km.
Written 20 June 2023
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Ruth H
41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
What a wonderful experience to be here for Easter. We were welcomed and shown the incredibly beautiful monastery, with coffee, cake and raki to follow. Would recommend every visitor to see this special place.
Written 16 April 2023
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Ramona
Auckland Central, New Zealand642 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
It is a beautiful place that has been well-maintained and kept as is. There are lots of people here for worship and pilgrimage. You should be wearing long pants (men) and cover your knees (women). I suggest you read a bit about what the location is about before visiting so you understand the significance. It is a tourist trap in a sense that you’ll need to pay €5 for entry.
Written 30 July 2022
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mrc282
World8,475 contributions
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May 2022 • Solo
to enter, you need to surrender passport at the gate to the KFOR soldiers. this is a well guarded monastery but worth the trouble to visit.

google map did not pin the location of this monastery correctly. it is not anywhere near a traffic circle. just follow road signs to monastery, then confirm by asking the locals where this place is.
Written 28 May 2022
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RobEnJolanda
Zeist, The Netherlands247 contributions
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Sept 2021
The monastery is a true quiet retreat in the middle of Kosovo, and fairly quiet (due to Covid-19). The priest told us they could have up to 4 tour buses at the same time, making it a pretty busy place. We found it a true gem, and enjoyed the fresco's in a quiet way. Also this monastery is under guard of KFOR and they will hold your passport while visiting.
Written 24 December 2021
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Riki
London, UK1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
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, NC15 contributions
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Sept 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
29 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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, Colombia901 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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