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Kopaonik

Excursions

Kopaonik is very popular for its walking tours through the National park, to destinations like Metođe, Kadijevac and Đorov most, as well as for its monastery tours, including the monasteries Sopoćani, Đurđevi stupovi, Žiča and Gradac. Also popular are excursions to Župa Aleksandrovačka, known for its wine and brandy, as well as to spa-towns Vrnjačka Banja and Mataruška Banja. Among the most popular attractions of Kopaonik is Ibar river rafting, paragliding, mountaineering and riding. Kopaonik has a very rich historical heritage – this area was an important mining centre in the Middle Ages, and besides old churches and monasteries, there are medieval fortresses and fortresses from earlier times. The nearest are the medieval castle Maglič and the Studenica monastery.

 

Kopaonik foto: misskukoljac/flickr.com

 

The National Park: The National Park Kopaonik was founded in 1981 and it occupies an area of 11,800 ha, with a protected natural zone of 19,985 ha. 698 ha of the reserve are under special protection. In the park, there are the highest parts of the mountain. The lowest point is 640 m above sea level, and the highest is Pančić’s Peak (2017 m). In the National Park Kopaonik, there are several objects of nature, natural and created values, which are categorized according to the degree of protection and in accordance with the Law on Environmental Protection and the Law on National Parks, as well as relevant international conventions. The protection of nature and cultural and historical values is secured by the presence and engagement of different experts.

 

Monastery Sopoćani foto: andrewpoynton/flickr.com

 

Metođe: The nature reserve Metođe lies on the right side of the Brzećka reka river valley. It covers an area of 110.58 ha. On its territory, there is the Shrine of Metođe, a sacral building with a 600 m long access path, as well as a cold water geyser, with a 5-6 m high water jet. In this reserve, there are various rare and relict plant species. Spruce and fir forests cover an area of 1800 m, and beech trees are up to 40 m high. Bird fauna representatives are the peregrine falcon, golden eagle, wren, small flycatcher, mountain swallow, mountain redstart etc.


The Monastery Žiča: Žiča iz a Serbian Orthodox monastery in the vicinity of Kraljevo (6 km). Together with the Church of the Holy Dormition (Crkva Svetog Uspenja), the monastery was built by the first king of Serbia, Stefan the First-Crowned. It was demolished in the 13th century, but King Stefan Milutin rebuilt it at the beginning of the 14th century. Unlike most monasteries in Serbia, which were built in rather inaccessible areas, Žiča is situated in a fertile plane. The endowment of King Stefan the First-Crowned (1195-1223) is one of the holiest places of the Serbian people. The construction of the main monastery church began around 1206, and it was finished before 1217, when its founder received the royal crown from Rome. In this church, the first Serbian archbishop Sava crowned his older brother, who became the first Serbian King (1217), and consecrated bishops of the newly founded eparchies. In Žiča, another two Serbian kings from the Nemanjić Dynasty (1169-1371) were crowned: Stefan’s sons, Radoslav and Vladislav. According to the old legend of seven-doored Žiča, there were seven kings crowned there. During the coronation, a new door opened. Only the crowned king could go through this door and after that it was walled up again. The Church of Holy Salvation (Crkva Svetog Spasa) and the small Church of St. Peter and St. Paul (Crkva sv. Petra i Pavla) are the only preserved buildings within the monastery compound. All other houses were built later.

 

Kopaonik foto: headsclouds/flickr.com

 

Maglič: The medieval city Maglič is situated on the right bank of Ibar, some 16 km south of Kraljevo. It lies on a narrow plateau of a rocky reef. Maglič is among the most beautiful monuments of Serbian medieval military architecture. Between 1324 and 1337, the archbishop Danilo II renovated the walls, the Church of St. George (Crkva Sv. Đorđa) and a palace, which’s remains are preserved until today. Danilo II, known for writing biographies of famous Serbian medieval rulers, founded a monastic school in Maglič. On the top of the wall, there were fenced walking paths. The single-nave Church of St. George was decorated with elements of the gothic style. Maglič was an important stronghold for the protection of the monasteries Žiča and Studenica. After it came under the Turkish authority, it became the seat of the Maglič District. The city played a significant role during the Battle of Vienna and in the Second Serbian Uprising.

 

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Ras: The medieval town Ras lies 11 km to the west of Novi Pazar. It has three archaeological sites: Fortification Gradina, Cave with the Monastery of St. Archangel Michael and the urban structure settlement Pazarište (Trgovište). During the first half of the 12th century, Ras became the main stronghold of the Serbian state and since then the fort was gradually strengthened. New buildings were built, the west gate was bricked up and a new one, beside the main tower, was opened instead. The Cave monastery with a church is linked to the name of the Grand Prince Stefan Nemanja. The well-known Vukan’s Gospel (Vukanovo jevanđelje) is believed to be written there and the remains of frescoes and carved inscriptions show that the monastery existed for a long time. The remains of the church, necropolis and other buildings suggest that it is possible that already in the 12th century an important spiritual centre was situated there, which survived even the Ottoman rule.

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Kopaonik

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Hotels

  • Grand&Spa 0.6km
  • Grand&Spa

    Symbol of luxury and tradition for more than two decades, Grand Hotel & Spa is situated at Kopaonik, the most prestigious ski resort in Serbia, at 1770m.

  • Angella 0.7km
  • Angella

    Hotel Angella enjoys a prime location in the very heart of the tourist center of Kopaonik with shopping, dining and entertainment venues right at the doorstep.

  • Kraljevi čardaci SPA 3.7km
  • Kraljevi čardaci SPA

    „Kraljevi čardaci SPA“ are located in the weekend resort Kopaonik on the main road, 2.5 km of the first ski lift and 4.5 km from the center of Kopaonik.

  • Prestige 16.1km
  • Prestige

    Prestige Hotel is located in the center of Raska, on the outskirts of the town square, close to all local and national agencies and institutions, so you can quickly and efficiently complete all the planned activities.

National parks

  • Nacionalni park Kopaonik 3km
  • Nacionalni park Kopaonik

    The National park Kopaonik is situated in the central part of Serbia, covering an area of 19,986 ha.

Churches

  • The Sanctuary Metođe 10.8km
  • The Sanctuary Metođe

    The church sanctuary Metođe is located in nature reserve with the same name, on the east of the National park Kopaonik, and it comprises right side of Brzećka river and the canyon surrounded by forests.

  • The Church Nova Pavlica 14.3km
  • The Church Nova Pavlica

    The church is characterized by the Morava School style, it is trefoil, inside there are well preserved fresco paintings, but its exterior...

  • The Church of Saint Apostles Peter and Paul 16.1km
  • The Church of Saint Apostles Peter and Paul

    The Church of the Saint Apostles of Peter and Paul is situated in the village graveyard Lukova (Babića). Folk legend sais that the church was built by the King Milutin.

  • The Church of Saint Mina 17.9km
  • The Church of Saint Mina

    In village Štava, 6 kilometers away from Lukovska banja, is located the Church of Saint Mina, dating from 16th century. The church was built from dressed stone.

  • The Church of the Transfiguration 21.4km
  • The Church of the Transfiguration

    The Church of the Transfiguration was built in 1836 and this year represents the year of the foundation of Brus municipality.

  • The Church St George 21.8km
  • The Church St George

    The Church of St George is situated on stone hill above Lukovska banja, on the height of 945 meters, wherefrom can be seen breathtaking sight of the valley.

Monasteries

  • The Stara Pavlica Monastery 14.4km
  • The Stara Pavlica Monastery

    It is not known who had erected it and what saint it was dedicated to. The remains of this old monastery are preserved from decay, and they seem impressive placed on the top of a rock.

  • The Monastery Nova Pavlica 15.1km
  • The Monastery Nova Pavlica

    The monastery is situated by the Ibar river in village Brvenik, in vicinity of monastery Stara (Old) Pavlica and Brvenik fortress. To reach the monastery from Ibarska highway take turning in Brvenik, which is 5 km away from Raška towards Kraljevo.

  • The Monastery Končula 16.2km
  • The Monastery Končula

    This monastery is dedicated to St Nicholas and it dates from the 13th century. Its progression occurred in 14th and 15th century when during the reign of king Milutin when it became the seat of Končula Episcope.

  • The Monastery Lepenac 22.1km
  • The Monastery Lepenac

    The Monastery Lepenac is situated on the right bank of Rasina river, in the village with the same name, 5 km far away from Brus.

  • The Strmac Monastery 23.4km
  • The Strmac Monastery

    The medieval monastery Strmac, according to tradition, was erected by the believers at the end of 16th century, on the remains of the monastery from 1313. It is situated south-east from Brus.

  • The Monastery Milentija 23.9km
  • The Monastery Milentija

    The monastery is situated 13 km from Brus in the village with the same name, in vicinity of Koznik fortress. It was built by the end of 14th or in the beginning of 15th century and this are all the known data since there is no written records.

  • The Monastery Drenča 24.1km
  • The Monastery Drenča

    Only 3 km away from Aleksandrovca, in the village Drenča, is situated monastery with the same name, also known among people as Dušmanica.

Fortresses

  • Medieval town Brvenik 15.4km
  • Medieval town Brvenik

    Brvenik is an old fortress on a rock above the river Ibar. It is situated 8 km north from Raška. It was a centre of Zupa during the Middle Ages.

  • The Koznik Fortress 24km
  • The Koznik Fortress

    It is situated 8 km from Aleksandrovac. It is an old Zupa town settled in a cone mountain, above the river Rasina.

Archaelogical sites

  • The Arceological Site Heavenly Chairs 0.4km
  • The Arceological Site Heavenly Chairs

    The special jewel of this fascinating discovery was floor mosaic with geometric isomorphic motives characteristic for this period.

Bars

  • MM 13.1km
  • MM

    In the cafe - bar, M&M there is a large selection of alcoholic and soft drinks and hot and cold drinks.

Cycling

  • Cycling on Kopaonik 0.5km
  • Cycling on Kopaonik

    This season, the first time on Kopaonik organized routes for mountain biking.

Flying

  • Kopaonik 5.8km
  • Kopaonik

    Taking off is from following locations: Suvo Rudište 1970 m, Kukavica 1720 m and Kokorovac 1200 m.

Spas

  • Jošanička banja 13.1km
  • Jošanička banja

    Jošanička Banja is a spa 25 km away from Raška, located in the valley of river Jošanica, on the slopes of Kopaonik, at an altitude of 550m.

  • Lukovska Banja 22.3km
  • Lukovska Banja

    It is situated on the northeast slopes of Kopaonik, 1km away from the village Lukovo, 35km away from Kuršumlija, and 55kmm from central Kopaonik, at an altitude of more than 700m.

Ski center

  • Ski center Kopaonik 0.8km
  • Ski center Kopaonik

    Kopaonik, also known as a Silver mountain, is the biggest mountain range in Serbia that extends from northwest to southeast and is 75 km long, with width in its central part of 40 km.