Fruška Gora National Park is often, with full right, called the pearl of Serbia. Vršac Mountains and Fruška Gora are the only two mountains of the Pannonian Plain. In ancient times, the Pannonian Sea rose like islands surrounded by saltwater.Fruška gora is located in Srem, Vojvodina. In the immediate vicinity are the Danube, Novi Sad, and Sremski Karlovci. It abounds in forests and lakes and noble vineyards. A real treasure of 17 preserved monasteries of the Serbian Orthodox Church located on its territory. According to the records, there used to be 35 of them. The monasteries of Fruška Gora were built from the 13th to the 18th century. Since their founding, they have represented the spiritual life of Serbs, guardians of religion, traditions, and customs, as well as beautiful examples of Serbian medieval architecture.
Our journey from Belgrade to the monastery of Mala Remeta, our first destination, will last about an hour. Our tourist guide will introduce you to Fruška Gora, history, culture, nature, customs, and the people of this part of Serbia.
Monastery Mala Remeta
As for most of the monasteries of Fruška Gora, so for Mala Remeta it is not entirely known who the founder was. According to legend, this monastery was built by the Serbian king Dragutin Nemanjić as a convent - a gift to the monastery of Rača. Most likely, the founding charter was destroyed during the Turkish conquests. The monastery church is dedicated to the Protection of the Mother of God and was built in the Serbo-Byzantine style. It is a female monastery.
On the southern slopes of Fruška Gora, not far from Vrdnik, at the end of the village Jazak, there is a monastery of the same name. It is believed that the Jazak monastery was founded by the Serbian despot Jovan Branković in the 15th century. It was located 2 kilometers from today's monastery. Today's monastery was built at the beginning of the 18th century during the great migration of Serbs when the relics of Tsar Uroš were transferred to this monastery, which is why the monastery enjoyed a great reputation. The monastery church of the Holy Trinity was built in the middle of the 18th century. Female monasticism lives, serves and prays to God in the monastery.
The monastery is dedicated to the feast of the Ascension of Christ. It is difficult to say when the monastery was founded. It is presumed at the end of the 15th century. The monastery gained great popularity when the relics of the Holy Prince Lazar were transferred to it from the Ravanica monastery due to the invasion of the Turkish army from the south. Then, the monastery was renovated and named Sremska Ravanica after Lazar's monastery - Moravske Ravanice. The relics of the holy prince were returned to Moravska Ravanica, and a part of the relics remained in Sremska Ravanica. In the monastery, there are also the relics of St. Anastasia (III century), shrines from the tomb of Christ, part of the relics of St. Theodora Tyrone. Today's church was built at the beginning of the 19th century during the time of Metropolitan Stefan Stratimirović.
It's time for lunch and a break in one of the national restaurants on Fruška Gora.
Monastery Novo Hopovo
Monastery Novo Hopovo, together with the Krušedol Monastery, is considered the most important monastery in Vojvodina regarding its spirituality, educational role, and richness of history. The first written trace of the monastery is from the first half of the 15th century, while at the end of the same century it was restored by the Serbian archbishop Maksim Branković when it got its baroque look. The current monastery church was built in the middle of the 16th century and is dedicated to Saint Nicholas. The relics of Saint Theodore Tyrone are located in the monastery. After the First World War, it was inhabited by Russian nuns, and today the monastery is again male.
The monastery was built by the Zmaj Ognjeni Vuk in 1471 in honor of his father Grgur. The monastery church is dedicated to Saint Nicholas. The old church was replaced in the second half of the 18th century by a new baroque building. In the monastery, there are holy relics: the foot of the first martyr Tekla, the skull bone of the first martyr Archdeacon Stefan. Also, the bone of the great martyr Saint George as well as Saint John who has been tortured in Belgrade is kept in the wooden box in the monastery. In the temple, there is an icon of the Mother of God with Three Hands, which is visited by many pilgrims.
The Krušedol male monastery was founded at the beginning of the 16th century by the Serbian despot, bishop, and later archbishop Maksim Branković. It is one of the most important Serbian monasteries of the richness of its history, treasury, iconostasis, and frescoes (Byzantine style).The monastery church is dedicated to the Annunciation and was built in Moravian style (school), while the doors and windows give a baroque look to the building. It represents the mausoleum of the Branković dynasty. Two patriarchs of the Serbian Orthodox Church and Serbian King Milan Obrenović were buried in it.
Monastery Velika Remeta
According to folklore, the monastery was founded by the Serbian king Dragutin Nemanjić at the beginning of the 13th century. The monastery Velika Remeta is dedicated to Saint Demetrius. The original monastery church was built in the style of the Raška school, but the renovation works in the 17th century made it a Baroque building. The baroque bell tower is dedicated to St. John and represents one of the highest in this part of Europe. The monastery has one of the most beautiful parks in Fruška Gora. The monastery is male.
Meeting place with a tour guide at the reception of your hotel or your address.
Departure time from Belgrade is at 8 am. Return is around 4 pm.
The price depends on the number of people. The price includes tourist guide services and transfers.
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