Abstract:Following the red pion (UNESCO tour) - Let us go on a trip during which we will discover Kosovo and Metohija; for Serbian people – the south province of the Republic of Serbia and cradle of historie and culture, for Albanian – the youngest self-determination europian country. Visit some of the pearls UNESCO world cultural inheritance, inspire in centuries of spirituality and tradition, find about interweaving and permeating traditions and heritage of two great cultural-civilization circle, feel the magic of culinary treats... Uncover Kosovo and Metohia together!
Departure from Novi Sad from the parking in front of Hotel Sajam at 06:00, Belgrade 07:30 from the parking on Novi Beograd. Continuation of the journey to Kraljevo with short breaks for rest. Arrival in monastery Žiča, the foundation of Stefan Nemanjić from XIII century and the first center of the Serbian Orthodox church after becoming independent 1219. At the end of the tour through the monastery complex – we continue the journey to Raška and lunch in ethnic house “Čakmara”. After lunch, we continue the road to the Monastery of Banjska belonging to the Diocese of the Raska-Prizren Serbian Orthodox Church and located in Zvecan in the northern part of Kosovo and Metohija. It represents a stationary cultural asset as a cultural monument of exceptional significance. The Monastery of Banjska with a church is dedicated to the Holy Archdeacon Stefan, the protector of the Nemanjić line, was built between 1313 and 1317, as the endowment of Serbian King Stefan Uros II Milutin, one of the most powerful rulers of the Nemanjić dynasty and one of the most powerful rulers in the Balkans of his time. After the tour, we go to Kosovska Mitrovica where after the arrival there is a panoramic sightseeing tour of the city, and a short retreat at the Church of Saint Dimitrios, from whose plateau there is a panoramic view of the whole town, and then we are expecting accommodation in the hotel and dinner. Overnight stay.
Breakfast. Check-out from the hotel. After breakfast, we will visit Peć and Pećka patriarchy, one of the pearls of Serbian construction from the XIII century. 2006. It was registered on UNESCO list of world cultural inheritance and till the middle of the XVIII century, it was an advanced monk center with hundreds of monks. It is still the center of Serbian patriarch, who is on that place introduced in the throne of the Patriarch. Pećka patriarchy was including mostly Serbs, but also many others orthodox people under its jurisdiction, so the Rila Monastery was under its jurisdiction too. During the Ottoman rule, it had enormous significance for the preservation of religious autonomy and Christian identity. Continue along the way to Visoki Dečani and tour of the impressive foundation of Stefan III Dečanski. The building is finished in the middle of the XIV century, before the battle of Kosovo. The monastery is dedicated to Christ Pantokrator and Ascension – Ascension Day. At the end of the planned tours, there is lunch and a continuation of the journey towards Prizren. After arrival in Prizren – a three hours tour of cultural and historical sites (St. Đorđe’s church from the end of the XIX century, the center of Bishop of Raška and Prizren; Prizren Serbian orthodox seminary, opened at the end of the XIV century; St Nikola’s church from XIV century, also known as Tutić’s church; Bogorodica Ljeviška – the endowment of King Milutin from XIV century, the center of Prizren Bishop which is placed on UNESCO list in 2006. as the part of ensemble of medieval monuments in Kosovo and Metohia and it is destroyed both by Turkish authorities, in XVIII century when the part of the frescos is ruined with hammers, covered with plaster and church turned into mosque, and in attacks by Albanian extremists in 2004., Šadrvan – central city square with fountain, hamam, derviš tekia – Islamic sacral structure for gathering of dervishes – followers of Sufism, Catholic Church of Our Lady of eternal help...) At the end of planned tours, we continue our trip to Holy Archangels monastery and tour of the complex. Holy Archangels monastery is the foundation of Serbian emperor Stefan Dušan the Mighty (king 1331 – 1346., emperor 1346 – 1355.), which is in the canyon of river Bistrica, not far from Prizren in Metohia, in the foothills of Dušan’s town and it belongs to Raška and Prizren Eparchy of Serbian Orthodox Church. It was built between 1343. and 1352. on a place of the old church within fortress Višegrad as mausoleum church of emperor Dušan and it’s considered to be a highlight of Serbian sacral architecture. A monastery is destroyed during XVII century to give the building material with which is Sinan Paša constructed mosque, which is still in the center of Prizren and the only visible remains of its. Accommodation in monastery residence and overnight stay.
Breakfast. After breakfast, we continue the journey towards Gazimestan and visit the Memorial to the Kosovo heroes. Then follows the Muratov turbine where Murat's womb is stored, while the balsam body is in Bursa in Turkey. Tour in the complex. After the tour, we leave for Pristina, followed by a one-hour tour of the city and its most important cultural and historical monuments (the city center, the casket of Mother Teresa, the theater, the Skenderbeg monument, the Jasper Pasha Mosque) and the newly built cathedral dedicated to Mother Theresa, the largest Roman Catholic temple in the Balkans construction completed in 2010. The next stop will be the Gračanica Monastery, the endowment of King Milutin from XIV century. Gračanica is one of the most important monuments of the old Serbian culture, originated in the 14th century. On the walls can also be found portraits of the Serbian archbishop and patriarch, as well as the funeral scene of the Gracanica metropolitan Dionisi. A collection of old icons is preserved in the monastery today, among which is the icon of Christ the Merciful which dates from the 14th century, which is unique in its dimensions (269 cm to 139 cm). After the tour, we go to Gracanica for lunch. After the lunch (around 16:00), we will continue the journey through Nis towards Belgrade and Novi Sad. Arrival to Novi Sad around 23: 45h. End of the program.