If Serbia is rich with something then those are the medieval monasteries. One of those is Đurđevi Stupovi, located near today's city of Novi Pazar, in the Raska region of Serbia. It is one of the oldest monasteries.
It was erected during the 12th century by the Grand Prince Stefan Nemanja, founder of the Nemanjic dynasty, in dedication to St. George. According to the old stories, Nemanja has built it to commemorate his gratitude to St. George for saving him from the dungeon-cave.
Throughout history, this monastery had a sad destiny – it was burned five times and, during more than its 830 years of existing, was without monks for three centuries. During 2002, the monastery was renewed and the liturgy once again started to be held. It has been on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 1979.
The monastery impressively stands out in its surroundings because it’s located on a hill, which provides a beautiful view. The monastery complex consists of church, residences called konak and the remains of two towers, of which one is turned into a chapel by works of King Dragutin in the 13th century.
Those two towers – pillars (old Slavic language- stolp, stub), are actually the main characteristic of the monastery, which gave it the name Tracts of St. George. It can also be said that the pillars were actually the symbol of the country’s power.
With this magnificent structure began the creative era of Raska architectural school, one of the most important architecture styles in Serbia. The frescos are mostly damaged or moved to The National Museum in Belgrade. However, the impressive picture of Saint George on the horse, which is above the main entrance in the church, is still there.