Djurdjevi Stupovi Monastery


A 12th century Serbian medieval monastery

It is one of the oldest shrines in Serbia

It is an endowment of famous Serbian ruler and founder of the ruling Nemanjic dynasty, Stefan Nemanja and his great-grandson King Dragutin. The monastery was built with many architectural and artistic innovation for that period, including two majestic towers by which the monastery was named after (“Djurdjevi stupovi” is translated as The Pillars of Saint George). Because of all this, UNESCO placed Djurdjevi Stupovi Monastery on the List of the World Cultural Heritage, in 1979.

The monastery was destroyed several times during wars and in recent years started a huge reconstruction campaign inviting Serbs and all other people with spiritual sense to help with the restoration.

It has an unusual position dominating the wooded hill above today’s oriental city of Novi Pazarin southwest Serbia, in an area that was once the centre of the medieval Serbian state.