PEĆ MONASTERY (Patrikana e Pejës)

This church and nunnery complex on the outskirts of Peja is a raw slice of Serbian Orthodoxy. Outside on the landscaped grounds, all is bright and colorful, but once inside the church it feels more like you’re within a dark cave with magnificent faded frescoes covering the walls and ceiling. It was built in the 13th century and expanded during the 14th century. In 1346, when the Serbian Patriarchate of Peć was created, the Monastery became the seat of Serbian Patriarchs. The monastery complex consists of several churches, and during medieval and early modern times it was also used as the mausoleum of Serbian archbishops and patriarchs. Since 2006, it is part of the “Medieval Monuments in Kosovo”, a combined World Heritage Site along with three other monuments of the Serbian Orthodox Church. Since 2013 the buildings have been guarded by Kosovo’s police force, and you will need your ID to enter.

Parking location – Peja: 42.661035N 20.270476E (🚻)