Žiča Monastery


The blood-red Žiča (1208), established by Stefan Prvovenčani, belongs to the top echelon of Serbian monasteries – this is where all the kings from the medieval Nemanjić dynasty were crowned and where the independent Serbian Orthodox Church was proclaimed with St Sava as its first archbishop. Badly damaged several times throughout history (including a 1987 earthquake), it has few surviving frescoes.

Buses from Belgrade run to Kraljevo (1000RSD, three hours, half-hourly); the monastery is on the outskirts of town.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Serbia attractions

1. Maglič Fortress

7.35 MILES

A forlorn guardian of the Ibar valley (20km south of Kraljevo), Maglič is one of Serbia's best-preserved medieval fortifications. Built in the 13th…

2. Studenica Monastery

15.52 MILES

One of Serbia's most sacred sites, Unesco-listed Studenica was established in 1196 by the founder of the Serbian empire (and future saint) Stefan Nemanja…

3. Old Foundry Museum

25.3 MILES

This fascinating museum is housed in the 1882 building of Kragujevac's old cannon factory (topolivnica). Part of the Prince's Arsenal industrial complex,…

4. Kragujevac National Museum

25.44 MILES

A complex of several modest buildings, the National Museum is centred around the former konak (residence) of Prince Miloš, built in 1860. The Oriental…

5. Memorial Museum '21st October'

25.69 MILES

Šumarice Memorial Park is home to a sombre museum that tells the harrowing story of the 1941 massacre of around 3000 Kragujevac civilians during the…