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Even though Serbia has witnessed wars, devastation,

fires and migration for centuries, a rich cultural and

historical legacy has continued to exist. In addition to its

natural beauty, the diversity and richness of the historical

monuments are an integral part of its tourist a ractions.

Many archaeological sites such as Lepenski Vir, Starcevo and

Vinca show evidence of prehistoric life on this soil, while

various important remains of Roman roads and towns recall

the presence of the Roman Empire for six centuries (the

UNESCO site Gamzigrad, Sirmium and Mediana).

One of the largest collections of preserved monuments in

Serbia are its Orthodox monasteries, certainly the most

beautiful in the Balkans. Built between the twel h and

sixteenth centuries, their architectural features, frescoes,

icons and sculptural decorations embody the soul of

the country and are unique treasures of the cultural and

historical heritage of Serbia. Listed as UNESCO World

Heritage Sites: the Old Ras complex with the Sopoćani

monastery, the Studenica monastery, the Decani monastery

with the Patriarchate of Peć, Gračanica Monastery and the

Church of Bogorodica Ljeviška in Prizren - the last three

are commonly known as the “Medieval Monuments in

Kosovo” because they are on Kosovo territory, for some the

Autonomous Province of Kosovo, for others the Republic

of Kosovo. It may be possible to spend the night in some of

the magnificent monasteries of Serbia, a privileged way to

discover some of their secrets!

Do not forget the other monasteries (Žiča, Ravanica,

Manasija and Gradac) and churches that are worth a visit

(such as the Cathedral of Saint Sava in Belgrade) and the

remarkable Royal Mausoleum Oplenac, where the twenty-

two members of the royal family Karadjordjevic are buried.