Decani

Deçani Monastery, located near town of Deçani, is one of the most important cultural sites in Kosovo. It dates back to the 14th century and is a designated UNESCO World Heritage site. Deçan (Dečani) Monastery is situated within a beautiful compound. The frescoes within its walls, represent different scenes from the bible thus creating a magnificent ambient. As in centuries past, the monks here still live a simple and humble life. They produce food for the monastery which is well known for its tasty cheese and good wine. The monastery was established in a chestnut grove by king Stefan Dečanski in 1327. Its original founding charter is dated to 1330. Upon his death the following year, the king was laid to rest in monastery, which henceforth became a popular shrine. The construction activities were continued by his son Stefan Dusan until 1335, but the frescoes were not completed until 1350. The cathedral, dedicated to Christ Pantocrator and built from blocks of red-purple, light-yellow and onyx marble, was constructed by master-builders under the Franciscan monk Vitus of Kotor. It is distinguished from other contemporary Serbian churches by its imposing dimensions and obvious Romanesque features. Its celebrated frescoes comprise some 1,000 portraits and cover all major themes of the New Testament. The cathedral contains original 14th-century wooden iconostasis, hegumen’s throne and the carved sarcophagus of King Stefan.