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Home > Culture > Monasteries > Monastery DECANI
Monastery DECANI Srpski
Monastery High Dečani, dedicated to Chist Pantocrator, was founded by king Stefan Dečanski in the beginning of XIV century. During the turbulent centuries of its history monastery was one of the largest spiritual, cultural and artistic centers of Serbia. The main church is the largest preserved monument in the Balkans with impressive fresco-painting of late-byzantine style.

Monastery High Dečani, dedicated to Christ Pantokrator, was founded by king Stefan Dečanski and his son Dušan in 1327. it is located on river Bistrica, between Peć and Prizren, in Kosovo.

Dečani is one of the very few serbian medieval monuments that preserved the name of its architect, Fra Vita from Kotor, who was building the temple for 8 years, until 1335, according to the inscription above south portal. Dečani is one of the largest medieval churches in Serbia. It has five naves and the dome above the central nave, and tripartite nartex. Facades are decorated with marble slabs in three colors so the church as a whole represents a synthesis of western, byzantine and serbian artistic traditions.

Altdough it does not belong completely to the school of raška it has some raška elements. It was built in the period of domination of serbian-byzantine style but it is unique, probably because its founder, Stefan Dečanski wanted to build most magnificent cathedral and mausoleum.

The church was painted until mid XIV century and the best artist of Dušan’s empire were employed. It was the largest and bravest attempt because of the size of interior and the complex program of the frescoes; the surfaces of the walls are large enough so that whole history of christianity could be represented, from Genesis to the Apocalypse, with over 1000 portraits. Fresco-painting of Dečani is the highest achievement of late-byzantine painting style also known as the renaissance of Paleologian.

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