25.septembar 2021.
Dates
1 day
Duration
all ages
Years
Resava
Location

In addition to the richness of natural resources, the Resava region has great historical significance in Serbian history. On this tour we go on a tour of the monasteries of Ravanica and Manasija. We will visit the Resavska cave and spend time in the Moravski konaci ethno village

DEPARTURE LOCATION Belgrade, the parking lot at the municipality of New Belgrade
DEPARTURE TIME 7h
INCLUDED IN THE PRICE Transportation by minibus from Belgrade

Tour guide

Group coordinator and tour organization

NOT INCLUDED Ticket for Resavska cave (350 dinars group ticket)

Lunch

Other individual costs

Additional notes:

  • For the realization of the tour, a minimum of 18 registered passengers is required.
  • In organized transportation, it is mandatory to wear protective masks.
  • Price is for members of "Explore Serbia". You can find membership information here. For those who do not have a membership card, price is 3100 dinars.
  • Own transportation: not possible
  • In case of insufficient number of registered passengers or unfavorable weather conditions, the deadline for notification of postponement or cancellation of the tour is 3 days before departure.
  • Photos used:  Manasija Monastery church and fortification, Pavle Marjanović, CC BY-SA 3.0; Ravanica Monastery, Car Lazar, CC BY-SA 3.0; Resava Cave Natural Monument, Aleksandra Marjanovic, CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Attractions

Manasija Monastery

It is located not far from Despotovac on a plateau that descends towards the river Resava and is the endowment of despot Stefan Lazarević, son of Prince Lazar and Princess Milica. It was created between 1407 and 1418 and represents one of the largest and most significant spiritual and historical pearls of Serbia. Manasija stands out especially for its architecture and frescoes and is known for the famous Resava transcription school. In medieval sources, it is also called Resava, and it was given the name Manasija only in recent times. The monastery belongs to the Moravian school and the church is dedicated to the Holy Trinity. Since 2015, the International Knights' Tournament "Despot Stefan Lazarević" has been held every August in Manasija.

Resava Cave

The most visited and certainly one of the most beautiful caves in Serbia, located on the edge of the karst field Divljakovac not far from Despotovac. With its length of about 2.3 km, it belongs to the protected areas of the I category. The cave is located at 483m above sea level and is a multi-story speleological structure with 400 m of arranged canals. In 1972, it was opened for tourist visits. It features all forms of cave jewelry that stand out with their beauty, and are especially dominated by "Crystal Hall", "Concert Hall", "Coral Channels" and "Cave Organ". The age of the jewelry in the cave is estimated at about 45 million years. Due to the richness of cave jewelry, this cave is also called "Resava beauty". The temperature in the cave is around 7 degrees throughout the year.

Ravanica Monastery

It is located at the foot of the Kucaj Mountains in eastern Serbia. It was built between 1375 and 1377, and the church is dedicated to the Ascension of the Lord. It is an endowment of Prince Lazar, and the frescoes of Prince Lazar, Princess Milica and their sons Stefan and Vuk stand out with their beauty among the frescoes. The frescoes in the monastery were painted before the Battle of Kosovo, and after the Battle of Kosovo and the death of Prince Lazar, his relics were transferred from Kosovo to Ravanica in 1392. The Ravanica Monastery is a representative of the Moravian School and is surrounded by a solid wall with seven towers. After many sufferings and destructions throughout history, today it is a gathering place for numerous pilgrims and one of the most visited Serbian monasteries.

1

Belgrade - Ravanica Monastery

  • Departure from Belgrade at 7h
  • Traveling by highway in a short break towards Svilajnac, where we turn off towards the Manasija monastery. We arrive at the monastery around 9:30 am.
  • A sightseeing tour of the monastery and acquaintance with the history and culture of one of the largest spiritual centers in Serbia follows.
2

Resava Cave-Manasija Monastery

  • We continue the trip to the most visited cave in Serbia - Resavska cave where we arrive around 11 am. We visit the cave accompanied by a local guide.
  • After getting to know one of the most beautiful speleological objects in eastern Serbia, we continue our journey to the Ravanica monastery, where we arrive around 1 p.m. In the monastery of Ravanica, we take a break of about 40 minutes in order to get acquainted in more detail with the pearl of Serbian spirituality and history.
3

Moravski konaci-Belgrade

  • We continue our journey towards the ethno village "Moravski konaci", where lunch and free time for walking and rest are planned.
  • Return to Belgrade where we arrive by 9 pm.
Manastiri resavskog kraja
Resava Cave