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The roads of the kings – Žiča, Studenica, Maglič

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The valley of the kings or the Valley of lilacs is one of the most remarkable parts of Serbia. For seven centuries, the Valley of Lilacs and the Ibar River has been filled with the enchanting scent of this flower that constantly resembles the romantic story of the French princess, later to the Serbian queen, Jelena Anžujska. Namely, Serbian King Uros I Nemanjić wanted to meet his future wife in a special way, so he ordered that before her arrival along the inaccessible valley of Ibra planted beautifully flowered trees to remind the landscape of her native Provence. Jelena Anžujska contributed significantly to the cultural rise of the medieval Serbian state, she had the first library in the court and encouraged the copying of books in monasteries.

All day
Central Serbian region
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Tour plan

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Departure from agreed place at 9h

Departure from the agreed place at 9h, where you will be welcomed by our licensed travel guide.

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Kraljevo and Zica monastery

We will begin our journey by traveling to Kraljevo and visiting the monastery of Žiča.

 

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Medieval town Maglic

Maglic is one of about two hundred similar towns of medieval Serbia, but for some it is still special and remarkable. Many consider it a classic example of Serbian medieval military architecture. He survived all the troubles and wars probably due to his inaccessibility, and his main function was to protect the road along the gorge connecting two church seats: Žiča and Peć’s patriarchate, as well as the entire Raska from enemy incursions from the north. However, the most important function was his direct control and protection of the monasteries Žiča and Studenica, which are located not far from here. Maglic is normally located 20km south of Kraljevo. The city, conditionally speaking, has been reconstructed so that it has two courtyards: east and west, and within which there are remains of buildings: the church of St. George, patron and protector of the city, as well as large palaces, which some consider to be the court of the city masters and the other it was an archbishop’s palace. After the free time we continue our tour, heading towards Studenica.

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Studenica monastery

Driving to the south, you reach the place of Usce, a small village at the mouth of the Studenica River in Ibar. Here the path for the Monastery Studenica is separated, and it leads to 11km. The foundation is Stefan Nemanja, who, having begun to migrate, withdrew to the Hilandar monastery, and his sons Stefan Stefan Prvovenčani, Prince Vukan and Sava Nemanjić continued their construction. In that period, Studenica became the center of Serbia. This monastery is also the Nemanjic lair, because it contains the remains of many members of the Nemanjić family. It is on the list of world cultural heritage. The central and most important temple is the Church of the Virgin, which is also synonymous with Studenica. The church is of exceptional beauty, made of marble, for numerous reliefs, barefoot and architectural decoration. The interior is painted with frescoes that are among the highest ranges of world painting.

By visiting Studenica, we finish our tour through the Valley of Kings. Departure to Belgrade.

Arriving in Belgrade in the evening.

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Returning to Belgrade in evening hours

By visiting Studenica, we finish our tour through the Valley of Kings. Departure to Belgrade.

Arriving in Belgrade in the evening.

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