I’m in central Serbia this week, visiting in-laws. Tomorrow I’ll visit the bright red monastery at Žiča.
Zica is built according to the Raska school in the Romanesuque style. The monastery was originally painted red in the tradition of the Mount Athos monasteries. There are few frescoes dating back to the 13th century remaining in the lateral choir recesses. Most of those existing today date from the early 14th Century. The Church of the Ascension of our Lord is a single nave church build in four sections, the third rising up to a high octagonal dome.