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IMMOVABLE CULTURAL MONUMENTS DATA BASE
Name: The Sopocani Monastery
Municipality: Novi Pazar
Location (place, town, city): Doljani
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: 1979
CR No.: SК 156
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, no. K-153/47 dated August 26, 1947.
Category: NCM of outstanding value
Type: Cultural monument
Year/period of construction: The second half of the 13th century
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The iconography of the Holy Trinity Church in Sopocani represents one of the most impressive frescoes ensembles in the Byzantine visual arts. The work of the exceptionally gifted painters, who in the grandiose and sublimed manner evoked the personalities and events from the Christian history to the medieval believers, even nowadays equally draws the admiration by its colors and perfect drawing.  Originating in the second half of the 13th century, the Sopocani frescoes are a true masterpiece and the peak of a classic style the fundamental categories of which were harmony and beauty.  Their donator, the King Uros I, built its endowment and the sepulchral church on the model of his predecessors: the altar with proscomide („offering“) and  diaconicon, choir space with the nartex, the chapels next to the nartex. The spaces between the chapels and the choir space were subsequently closed, thus the single-pitch building with the dome, gives the impression of a three-pitch one viewed from the outside. In these lateral spaces, as well as in the external, open nartex with the bell tower, erected during the reign of the King Dusan in mid-14th century, less gifted painters worked which testifies of the versatile style trends and local workshops active in the life of the mediaeval state. The research of the Monastery complex as well as conservation-restoration works started in 1975. and have been ongoing to date.