Poganovo Monastery

Hidden in the serene embrace of the Stara Planina mountains, Poganovo Monastery is a testament to Serbia's spiritual and architectural legacy, offering visitors a momentary escape from the mundane into a world of tranquillity and age-old traditions. Read more

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Founded in the late 14th century, Poganovo Monastery, also known as the Monastery of St. John the Theologian, stands as one of the most remarkable monastic complexes in Serbia. Commissioned by Serbian Prince Lazar, the church's architecture is a stunning example of late Byzantine style. Its frescoes, which date back to the 14th century, are some of the most beautiful and well-preserved in the Balkans, depicting both biblical stories and historical events.
Nestled on the banks of the Jerma River, the natural setting of Poganovo Monastery only adds to its allure. The surrounding landscapes, characterized by dense forests, rugged cliffs, and the soothing sound of the river, provide an atmosphere of divine peace. This secluded gem has attracted pilgrims, art enthusiasts, and nature lovers for centuries, with each visitor finding a unique resonance within its ancient walls.
Poganovo Monastery, with its rich spiritual aura, offers a harmonious blend of human-made beauty and nature's splendor, beckoning travelers to delve deeper into Serbia's storied past.

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The most famous sights
What to do in Poganovo Monastery

Erma River Gorge

Located adjacent to the monastery, this breathtaking gorge is known for its towering cliffs, ideal for nature walks and picnics.

Pirot Fortress

A well-preserved medieval fortress, it offers a glimpse into the region's tumultuous past, complete with ramparts and towers.

Zavojsko Lake

A picturesque artificial lake formed by the damming of the Visočica River, it's a hotspot for fishing and relaxation.

Baba Vida Fortress

One of the best-preserved medieval fortresses in Serbia, it offers panoramic views and a dive into the local history.

Temnić Monastery

Another beautiful religious edifice that showcases Serbia's commitment to preserving its Orthodox Christian heritage.

The Stone Village of Gostuša

A unique settlement with houses constructed entirely from stone, offering insights into the region's traditional way of life.

Nature Park Stara Planina

A vast expanse of pristine nature, this park is home to diverse flora and fauna, making it a paradise for hikers and nature enthusiasts.

Pirot Kilims Workshop

A place to witness the intricate craft of traditional Serbian carpet weaving, passed down through generations.


A quaint village renowned for its natural springs and ancient stone tower.

Temštica River

Known for its clear waters, this river is a favored spot for angling and leisurely walks.

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