Ras, known in modern Serbian historiography as Stari Ras, is a medieval fortress located in the vicinity of former market-place of Staro Trgovište, some 11 km western from modern day city of Novi Pazar in Serbia.Old Ras was one of the first capitals of the medieval Serbian state of Raška, and the most important one for quite a long period of time. Located in today's region of Raška, the city was positioned in the center of the early medieval state. It was founded before 9th century and was deserted sometime in the 13th century. Its favorable position in the area known as Old Serbia, along the Raška gorge, on the crossroads and trading routes between neighbouring regions of Zeta and Bosnia in the west and Kosovo and Metohija in the south added to its importance as a city.Today the fortress of Ras lies in mostly unenclosed and unprotected ruins. However, there are plans for future reconstruction of the site. In the close vicinity of Ras there is impressive group of medieval monuments consisting of fortresses, old market-places, churches and monasteries. Serbian medieval Monastery of Sopoćani near Ras is a reminder of the contacts between Western world and the Byzantine world. The site of Stari Ras, in combination with the nearby Monastery of Sopoćani, is already a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and Stari Ras monastery (12th century) is being reconstructed and it too may be included on the UNESCO World Heritage List with the site. Stari Ras and Sopoćani World Heritage site is not far from another UNESCO World Heritage Site of Serbia, the magnificent medieval monastery and churches of Studenica. The 6th century Church of Saint Apostles Peter and Paul is one of the oldest early medieval churches in Serbia.A visit to Stari Ras and Sopocani represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Novi Pazar trip itinerary planner to plot your vacation.
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ノヴァ・バロスから車で1時間くらいでソポチャニ修道院に到着しました。入り口の売店で2ユーロ払って門をくぐると、目の前にとても綺麗な修道院が現れました。修道院の中の見事なフレスコ画は残念ながら撮影禁止でしたが、外壁にもだいぶ色あせてはいましたが、かなり画が残っていました。山を下ったところにスタリ・ラスもありました。首都の跡だということですが、規模は小さかったです。 more »We arrived at Sopocani Monastery in about an hour's drive from Nova Barros. I paid two euros at the shop at the entrance and walked through the gate, and a very beautiful monastery appeared in front of me. Unfortunately, the stunning frescoes in the monastery were not allowed to be photographed, but the exterior walls were also quite faded, but there were still quite a few paintings. There was Stari Ras down the mountain, too. It is said that it is a mark of the capital, but the scale was small.
O Mosteiro de Sopocani, construído entre 1259 e 1270, destacando-se pelos seus frescos de estilo similar ao bizantino. O templo foi dedicado à Santíssima Trindade. O mosteiro foi restaurado no século ... more »The monastery of Sopocani, built between 1259 and 1270, stands out for its frescoes of style similar to the Byzantine. The temple was dedicated to the Holy Trinity. The monastery was restored in the TWENTIETH century and the frescoes are well preserved. It is not allowed to photograph inside the temple. The visit Oorreu on a very rainy afternoon.
Really nice place to visit.
An interesting historical place with a beautiful view that you have to visit if you come to our town.
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