Zica Monastery

Zica Monastery

Although out of Byzantine claws, Serbia was not yet independent country. However, in 1217, Nemanja’s successor Stefan, received crown from Rome and since then he was known as Stefan Prvovencani, meaning Firstly Crowned. Coronation ceremony took place in Stefan’s endowment church called Zica and was conducted by Stefan’s brother, monk Sava, who was going to become Serbian patron saint. Only two years later, monk Sava won autonomy for Serbian Orthodox Church in Constantinople, hence completing Nemanja’s project of creating Serbian State.

Zica also belongs to Raska style in terms of architectural classification and it is known as Serbian Coronation Church. Members of Nemanjic dynasty were all crowned in Zica and according to a legend; each time for that occasion different door would be constructed only to be walled in later on. Therefore, church is nicknamed “Eight Door Church”. It is the only church painted in red, symbolizing blood of the saints on which was built on.