Serbian Sites inscribed on the World Heritage List


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Serbia is the Balkan country located in the south-eastern Europe. Although, the present country of Serbia gained its autonomy in 2006, the Serbian history and culture are dated back to the 7th century.
The first capital of the medieval Serbian state was Stari Ras. It was playing an important role for a long time. It was founded before the 9th century in the so-called Old Serbia – historical area along the Raska gorge. On the outskirts of present Stari Ras, there are valuable monuments inscribed into UNESCO list in 1979. There are Sopoćani Monastery, Djurdjevi Stupovi Monastery, Holy Apostles St Peter and St Paul Church (St Peter’s Church), and the archaeological site of the Medieval Town of Ras. The historical Stari Ras has numerous monuments built between the 9th and 11th centuries. Sopocani Monastery was erected in the mid-3th century. The most important part of the monastery are medieval frescos inside the church of Holy Trinity.
The Studenica Monastery is an another site in Serbia inscribed into UNESCO list in 1986. It is located in central Serbia, about 40 km from Krajlevo. The monument was established in the 12th century. The monastery is considered to be the largest and richest Serbian Orthodox monastery. The complex contains white marble churches: the Church of the Virgin and the Church of the King. They present collections of 13th- and 14th-century Byzantine painting.
An archeological site of Gamizgrad – Felix Romuliana was recognized by UNESCO as valuable historical place and inscribed into the UNESCO list in 2007. Romuliana it is remains of Roman Galerius Palace built in 298 in close vicinity to Gamizgrad. That's here, emperor Galerius born and died (250-311). The palace complex contained shrines, hot baths, a tetrapylon, two palaces. It was surrounded by walls with four gates and massive towers.
The newest site in Serbia on the UNESCO list (2016) it is Stećci Medieval Tombstones Graveyards. This is a group of 30 sites in various countries (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia, Croatia). They are the trace of rich Balkan culture. They were created from the 12th to the 16th century. The tombs are made with limestone mostly. They are decorated with different motifs or inscriptions.

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