This Serbian Orthodox Monastery is located in the very near Novi Pazar, in the Raška region of Serbia. It lies on top of an accessible elevation surrounded by woods. It is known as the “Tracts of St. George” and was erected in ca. 1170. According to medieval chronicles and manuscripts, it is exceptional for its position, significance and its architecture. It was commissioned by Stefan Nemanja, who dedicated this church to St. George for letting him out of the dungeon-cave, in which his brothers put him.
The construction of the Monastery was most probably started in 1167, and, according to the endower’s inscription on the western portal of the church, it was completed in 1170/71. Uniquely, the staircase leads to the west entrance, due to the position of the church. Artisans from the coastlands have brought along their Romanesque skills.
It was commission by Stefan Nemanja, who dedicated the church to St. George, for having him out of dungeons-caves where his brothers shut him. Following that conflict with his brothers, Stefan Nemanja took over the power of the Grand Zupan of Raška.
ARCHITECTURE AND FURNITURE
Characteristics of the Romanesque style are the two domes that are included in the plan of the church situated in the west, to the left and right of the narthex. The procedure and spatial layout of the church, portals and stylistic finishing were all done in the Romanesque style. Djurdjevi Stupovi was also included in the World Art Heritage by UNESCO.
It consists of two remarkable towers, lateral vestibules, cupola with elliptic basis, the irregular shape of the altar area, as well as a specific arrangement of the central dome space of the church. Single-aisle temple with the altar consisting of three apses, naos and narthex, in its external appearance reflects the spirit of Roman construction. The combination of Byzantine spatial arrangement and Roman architecture resulted in an original symbiosis that has been the ground for unique architectural style.
Monday – Saturday: 9.00 – 16.00
Djurdjevi Stupovi Monastery
36300 Novi Pazar
+381 20 445 110
ENTRANCE FEES & GUIDED TOURS
For guided tours please ask directly at the object.
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