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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 Župan (King) Stephen Nemanja, lies on the top of a hill overlooking the city of Novi Pazar. The complex comprising the Church of St. George, the refectory, dormitories, water tanks, and walls with the entry tower, was built in the eight-decade of the 12th century. The external appearance of this single-nave church with a tripartite sanctuary, a nave with lateral vestibules and a narthex flanked by two towers, emanates western Romanesque style.
The frescoes, some of which have been transferred to the National Museum in Belgrade and for the most part badly damaged, are rendered in the best tradition of the Comnenus style and skillfully accommodated to the architecture of the church, as can be noticed particularly in the all-embracing dome 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 with the tomb of King Dragutin. In addition to painting the interior of the chapel with historical scenes, 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 started during in Turkish occupation, culminating in the world wars of the 20th 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 added to the World Heritage List in 1979.
The revival of this monastery at the beginning of the 21st century was a joyful event for the entire Orthodox Christian world. With the building of a new dormitory (in 2000), systematic reconstruction of the entire monastery, and renewal of monastic life, a new era in the history of Pillars of St. George begun after almost three centuries.

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