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Zica Monastery, 13th century Byzantine – Romanesque monastery in Serbia

The birth of Serbia is tied to a royal family with religious inclinations, therefore some monasteries in the country are crucial not only from spiritual, but also from historic standpoint. The founder of Serbian dynasty was Stefan Nemanja, a warrior and ruler who abdicated to become a monk together with his wife (in different convents). […]

The Byzantine Empire, a Christian kingdom of a thousand years

One of the most enduring and fascinating empires in history, The Byzantine Empire appeared when Diocletian took the decision to split the Roman Empire in two parts. The decision was a practical one as the decaying Roman Empire was under siege by numerous barbarian tribes and the kingdom was too vast to manage from Rome. […]

Horezu Monastery, a masterpiece of Romanian orthodox architecture

Built by price Constantin Brancoveanu between 1690 and 1693 at Romanii de Jos, Horezu Monastery may not look as spectacular on the outside as the painted monasteries of Bukovina. But on the inside it displays one of the most elegant and mature Byzantine fresco on the Romanian territory, surpassing even its Moldavian predecessors. The martyr […]

Rila Monastery, the most famous Bulgarian monastery

With a history of a thousand years, the monastery of Rila is a favorite pilgrimage place for Bulgarians and a tourist attraction for foreign visitors. Pope John Paul II visited this monastery during his stay in Bulgaria. It is located in the SW of the country, near Blagoevgrad, south the capital Sofia, in the beautiful […]

Voronet Monastery. The Esoteric Message Behind Orthodox Painting

The Voronet Monastery is the most famous buildings of Stephan The Great, a monument included on the list of UNESCO’s world heritage. Its frescoes speak of subtle esoteric knowledge held by medieval theologians of Moldavia and also of the skills of anonymous painters. Voronet is situated 5 km to Gura Humorului, in the county of […]

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