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Serbian Orthodox Church Pillars of St. George Monastery Official web-site
Pillars of St. George is monastery of Ras-Prizren and Kosovo-Metohia Diocese of Serbian Orthodox Church
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Part of UNESCO World Heritage, as part of Old Ras (Stari Ras) Region.

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Congresses (Synaxises) of Serbian Medieval Rulers
Chapell's cross-shaped vault with fresco-paintings of four historical medieval congresses in Serbian lands
Nemanyics as monks
Procession of members of medieval Nemanyic dynasty as monks
Portraits of Serbian medieval rulers
Portraits of Kings Milutin and Dragutin (with son Vladislav) and Queen Elisabeth
Virtual Walk (VR)
Monastery grounds
View the monastery complex grounds or select a few interesting points for viewing.
Church interior
Move inside the church.
Details & Pictures
Church snapshots
Wide angle snapshots inside the church.
Digital archive
Complete frescoes, sacral objects, architectural elements, and more, in detail.
Other Exhibitions
BLAGO crew at work
Actual work of BLAGO team and other additions.
Research
Papers
Research papers, maps and other resources.

The Pillars of St. George Monastery (Đurđevi Stupovi), the endowment of the Great Zupan (King) Stephen Nemania lie on the top of a woody elevation overlooking the panorama of the city of Novi Pazar. The complex comprising the Church of St. George, the refectory, dormitories, the water tanks and walls with the entry tower, was built in the 8th decade of the 12th century. The external appearance of this single-nave temple with a tripartite sanctuary, a nave with lateral vestibules and a narthex, flanked by two towers, emanates a spirit of western Romanesque building.
The frescoes, today for the most part damaged, and partly transferred to the National Museum in Belgrade, are rendered in the best tradition of the Comnenus style and skillfully adapted to the architecture of the temple, which is especially pronounced in the all-embracing cupola with an elliptic basis. With the addition of the apse on the eastern side in 1282/83, the entry tower was transformed into a chapel and the tomb of King Dragutin. In addition to painting frescoes depicting historical scenes in the interior of the chapel, the work carried out on the monastery at the end of the 18th century also included the building of a new refectory, dormitories and paintings in the narthex of the catholicon. The decline of this complex began in Turkish times, culminating in the wars waged during this century. Archaeological and restoration works were carried out between 1960 and 1982 and as part of the Old Ras and Sopoćani complex, it has been on the World Heritage List since 1979.
Ressurection of this monastery at the beginning of 21st century was joyful event for entire Orthodox Christian world. Building of new dormitory (in 2000), systematic reconstruction of the entire monastery and renewing of monastic life, with blessing of Bishop of Ras-Prizren and Kosovo-Metohija, His Grace Artemios, new era in history of Pillars of St. George begun after almost three centuries.

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