Gradac Monastery

Gradac Monastery

Romantic legend describing Queen Helen’s arrival in Serbia survived until present. Her future husband King Uros welcomed his French queen with lilacs that were planted especially for that occasion throughout Ibar River Valley. Therefore, Ibar Valley has been known as Lilac Valley, since.

Queen Helen adapted easily to provincial Serbia comparing to advanced France from where she came. Her endowment church, is therefore featuring elements of western Gothic architecture in culturally Byzantine oriented Serbia. Broken arches and counterforts can still be seen on the church’s exterior, showing interesting mixture of east and west, once again, only in Serbia.