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IMMOVABLE CULTURAL MONUMENTS DATA BASE
Name: The Studenica Monastery
Municipality: Кraljevo
Location (place, town, city): Studenica
Institute: The Institute for the Protection of Cultural Monuments of Serbia – Belgrade
Regional institute: The Institute for the Protection of Cultural Monuments Kraljevo
Date of inscription in the UNESCO World Heritage List: 1986
CR No.: SК 158
Date of inscription in the CR: 05.04.1982
Decision on declaring the monument as NCM: Decision of the Institute for Protection and Scientific Research of the Cultural Monuments of the NRS in Belgrade, No.421/47 dated October 23, 1947.
Category: NCM of outstanding value
Type: Cultural monument
Year/period of construction: 12th century
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The Studenica Monastery, one of the most significant monastic complexes of the medieval Serbia,, even today represents an important artistic and spiritualcenter of the Serbian people . Since the 12th century, when it was founded, this monastic community has been able to maintain the continuity of its many-centuries long life, whose cultural diversified layers are still visible in numerous architectural and painting achievements. The pious donation and mausoleum of the progenitor of the dynasty of Nemanjic has emulated for many later rulers of this dynasty, not only as anincentive to build a mausoleum resembling the Church of the Most Holy Virgin, but as the place wherethey could give their personalcontribution. Thus, after the monastery walls and katholikon (main church) were erected, in time a series of buildings intended to meet the needs
of the Studenica brotherhood (monastic community) were built. They comprised the refectory, Radosavljev's narthex, churches of Saint Nicholas and Saint John, King’sChurch, monks' dwelling houses, etc.  Parallel with the builders there worked numerous painters in Studenica, some of whom by their masterpieces of the Byzantine iconography of the 13th century traced the path of the Serbian mediaeval painting art, through court painters of the King Milutin and the leading artists of the restored Patriarchate of Pec, to the nineteenth-century zografs [icon or fresco painters following the traditional Orthodox iconography). The Studenica’s treasury safeguards some of the finest specimens of the applied art in Serbia.The Studenica Monastery is the cultural monument subjected to incessant conservation works.