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Studenica and Zica are two most important Serbian monasteries, and if one is making the choice which monasteries to visit in Serbia, they should be first. Orthodoxy is deeply rooted in Serbian heritage and visiting Serbia without visiting medieval monasteries is missing the most important part of Serbian heritage. The meaning and messages of frescoes are interpreted by your Serbian Heritage Interpreter and Tour Guide, a specialist well-versed in religious cosmology, iconography and Orthodoxy. We will be driving through the countryside, and pristine natural and idyllic landscapes will make our trip unforgettable. The serenity and beauty of monasteries with their impressive architecture and valuable frescoes are well worth the journey. You will have the opportunity not only to see the exceptional Byzantine frescoes but to gain an accurate and deep understanding of their role in the liturgy. ZICA Monastery built at the entrance to the Ibar Gorge, on an important medieval route, still holds the position of one of the most important monasteries in Serbia. It was founded in the 13th century as the first seat of the Serbian Archbishopric it still preserves magnificent fresco paintings from the 13th and 14th century. In STUDENICA Monastery, situated in GOLIJA BIOSPHERE NATURAL RESERVE, walls encircle the entire complex of three churches, the refectory, treasury and monastic cells. The Church of the Virgin and the Church of the King, both carry priceless collections of 13th – 16th-century Byzantine paintings. The Church of the Virgin harmoniously reconciles two architectural styles, the Romanesque and the Byzantine. The frescoes of the nave and the sanctuary in the katholikon are among the first examples of the Monumental style that emerged in different regions after the capturing of Constantinople by the Crusaders. At the beginning of 14th-century Byzantine artist Michael Astrapa with his disciples painted the interiors of the Church of the King. The cycle of the Life of the Virgin Mary that he painted is among the leading works of Byzantine art. These paintings, which are characterised by a new concept of space and a new expressiveness, are an essential milestone in the history not only of Byzantine art but also of Western art. In 1986, Studenica Monastery was placed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.