town, southern Serbia. It lies in the Raska River valley, in rough and hilly country near the site of Ras, which was the capital city of the medieval Serbian state in the 12th-14th century. In the vicinity are Roman baths, and the Church of St. Peter, one of the oldest in Yugoslavia (7th or 8th century), is an interesting example of early Slav architecture. A few miles west is the Monastery of Sopocani, built in 1260. Its vast frescoes, done before 1264-65 and painted in the Byzantine manner, portraying the Gospels, are considered by many to be the finest in Europe from this period
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