Monasteries of Ovčar & Kablar Gorge

Ovčar-Kablar gorge is located in western Serbia and it is part of composite valley of the west Morava river. With over 300 monasteries built in gorge since 14th century, it is known as the “Serbian Mount Athos”. There are only 10 active monasteries today. When you arrive to the monastery, you can expect to be welcomed by priests or monks by old Orthodox customs, if they happen to be there.

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Monasteries of Ovčar & Kablar Gorge Tour includes:

Day 1

  • Blagoveštenje – At the foot of the mountain Rudnik, in the gorge of the river Blagoveštenje and near the village Stragari, there is a temple dedicated to the Annunciation. The monastery church was built in the 15th century, during the time of Prince Lazar. That was the time when he won the mountain from Nikola Altomanović, and when western border of their country was established. Patron of the monastery was unknown nobleman. According to Turkish censuses, monastery was mentioned in 1476, 1516 and 1525.
  • Preobraženje – The first written records on the monastery date back to 1525. The old Preobraženje Monastery was blown up with dynamite, with the blessing of St. Sava, the Bishop of Ziča, for the purpose of the construction of the railroad leading to the town of Užice
  • Nikolje – It is the oldest monastery of the Ovčar-Kablar gorge. It was built on the slopes of Mount Kablar, on the left bank of the river Zapadna Morava. By architectural features, it supposedly dates back to the Middle Ages, most probably to the end of the 15th century or beginning of the 16th century
  • Jovanje is situated on the left bank of the River West Morava, in its biggest meander. It was dedicated to the birth of Sveti Jovan Krstitelj (St. John, the Baptist). Judging by the style of its architecture, it was probably built in 16th century
  • Vavedenje monastery dates back to the 16th century. According to legend, which Vuk Karadžić (reformer of Serbian language) and a writer of travel accounts Joakim Vujić referred to, the monastery was raised by St. Sava and his Father Simeon

Day 2

  • Vaznesenje – The Ascension of the Lord monastery was built on he north slopes of Mount Ovčar. Because of its covert location it can be hardly seen by travelers who are passing by. Supposedly, it was built on the old site. Due to a Gospel Manuscript written at the Monastery of Vaznesenje in 1570, we are sure that the monastery existed in the 16th century
  • Sretenje – It is unknown when exactly the Monastery was built. According to research done so far, it is believed that the Monastery was raised in the 16th century when it was first mentioned. The monastery was burnt down and ruined on several occasions in the past. It was restored in the 19th century, thanks to a monk named Nikifor Maksimović, who later became the Bishop of Ziča
  • Ilinje is situated on a beautiful, picturesque and wooded hillside above Blagoveštenje Monastery. There are no records when the monastery was built. It was presumably raised by the monks from Blagoveštenje who built their metoh ( a small church and land around it ) when they became more powerful
  • Uspenje can be seen from all sides of the gorge. The first mention of it was in Turkish records in 1536. Vuk Karadžić, reformer of Serbian language, visited the monastery in 1820. Uspenje has a small number of narrow rectangular windows, with no decorations. The church has never been fresco – painted
  • Sveta Trojica  By its architecture, it is the most beautiful church in the Ovčar-Kablar gorge. According to a Turkish census, the monastery was raised in the second half of the 16th century. The beauty of the monastery church is a testimony to a great skill of masters engaged to work for an obviously rich man who had a very good taste and a good sense of beauty and excellence in architecture

Important Information:

  • The tour can last for 1 or 2 days, depending on guest wishes and time
  • The price includes transportation with A/C vehicle
  • The price includes English speaking guide
  • The price includes tolls
  • The price includes accommodation for the tour guide if needed
  • The price includes lunch in local ethno restaurant