Church of Saint Achilles


Unique and most beautiful frescoes

Founded by Serbian King Dragutin

At the centre of today’s town of Arilje, in a prominent position from which it dominates the surroundings, there is the Church of St. Achilles, founded by Serbian King Dragutin. It was built in the late 13th century on the ruins of an older temple. Some architectural and painterly solutions are unique within the so-called “Raška style”. This church is also the burial place of Prince Urošić, younger son of King Dragutin.

The unfortunate King Dragutin was the Serbian ruler from the famous Nemanjic dynasty, who briefly ruled Serbia since he broke his leg while riding a horse. After that, he had to hand the crown to his brother and he became the ruler of just a northern areas of the state, known as the “King of Srem.”

Not far from the church is the Raspberry Monument, a symbol of this city and its area, as one of the world’s largest producer and exporters of raspberries.