The RASKI District expands in the south-western part of the Republic. Ir encompasses
the municipalities of: Kraljevo, Vrnjacka Banja, Raska, Novi Pazar and Tutin. It has a
population of 300,274. Its seat is in the city of Kraljevo.
At the outskirts of Kraljevo stands the "mother of all churches" - the Zica monastery.
This spiritual center of the Serb medieval state was built around 1220, to become also
the center of newly founded Serb Arch-episcopacy.
The Studenica monastery was built in the late twelfth century, as the endowment of the
Serb ruler Stephen Nemanja, who endowed it richly with the icons and books. After he
had become a monk and left for Serb Hilandar on the Mt. Athos, his older son Stephen,
later named the "First-Crowned", took his place in taking care over the monastery.
In the vicinity of Novi Pazar stands the Sopocani monastery, built around 1260 as the
endowment of King Stephen Uros I, the son of King Stephen the First-Crowned. The
primary and major value of the Sopocani monastery are its frescoes, by which it ranks
among the best examples of the European medieval painting.
Economy of the Raski District is domineered by the "Magnohrom" non-metal industry,
Kraljevo Railroad Car Factory, "Jasen" wood-processing industry, and the "Electro
District Seat ADDRESS
36000 Kraljevo, Jovana Stavica Sq.
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