Žiča monastery


An early 13th century Serbian monastery

7 medieval Serbian kings were crowned here

It was built by the first King of Serbia, Stefan the First-Crowned and the first Head of independent Serbian Church, Saint Sava. King Stefan was crowned in Žiča in 1217, which made Serbia the sovereign country in the Christian world. The monastery was known for its seven doors due to the fact that every time the Serbian King was crowned he had entered through a separate door. It is also famous for its red facade.

Žiča monastery was devastated and renovated many times in history. It is situated near the city of Kraljevo at the entrance to so-called “Valley of the Kings” in central Serbia.

Žiča monastery was declared a Cultural Monument of Exceptional Importance in 1979.