The Sopoćani Monastery, a foundation of King Urosh I, was built in the second half of the 13th century, near the source of the river Raška in the region of Ras, the center of the Serbian medieval state. The monastery church is dedicated to the Holy Trinity.
The completion of the painting of the main parts of the church can be indirectly dated to the years between 1263 and 1270. Archbishop Sabbas II, who became the head of the Serbian Orthodox Church in 1263, is represented in the procession of archbishops in the altar of the Sopoćani church. The son of King Urosh, Dragutin, is depicted as a young boy in the narthex of the church; we are aware that he married the Hungarian princess Katelina by 1270 at the latest. Sopoćani frescoes are considered by many experts on Orthodox Christian art as the most beautiful frescoes belonging to the Serbian Orthodox Church. Read more.