Novi Pazar has a turbulent and rich past. Among the most important cultural and historical monuments that you can visit are:
The old core of the city, preserved from the glorious days of Novi Pazar, during which it was an important trade and craft center, is located in Prvomajska Street. In this part of the city you can explore the old objects of oriental culture, as well as numerous old trade and craft workshops. In this area you will find the best bakeries that the city has to offer.
- Đurđevi stupovi Monastery
The monastery is located on a hill above Novi Pazar and belongs to the Stari Ras complex. Built in 1171, this endowment of Stefan Nemanja is one of the oldest monasteries in Serbia. The monastery is included in the World Cultural Heritage and is under the protection of UNESCO.
Sopocani Monastery is located 17 kilometers west of Novi Pazar. It dates from the 13th century, when it was erected by the Serbian king Stefan Uroš I. Due to its magnificent frescoes that represent a masterpiece of art, the Sopoćani gained world fame and got included on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Peter's Church, located only 2 kilometers from Novi Pazar, is an interesting building because it is the oldest preserved monument of church architecture in Serbia. Written documents testify that it dates from the 8th century, but it is believed that the church is even older. The interesting thing about this church is that Rastko Nemanjić was baptized in it.
This jewel of Islamic architecture is considered one of the most beautiful and oldest mosques in the Balkans. It is assumed that it was built in the middle of the 16th century.
Novi Pazar Fortress is located in the city center, within the city park. This relatively well-preserved fortification dates back to the 15th century. The Novi Pazar Fortress has been declared a cultural monument of exceptional importance for the Republic of Serbia.
Located in the heart of the city, the museum contains a rich archaeological, historical and ethnological collection. It is especially worth mentioning the collection of money from the period of the Nemanjic dynasty, which is the only collection of that type in Serbia. There are also interesting ethnological settings, such as authentic rooms decorated in Turkish and Serbian style.
The building dates from the 17th century and is one of the two preserved inns in Novi Pazar. Today, the inn has been transformed and is used for tourist and catering purposes. It is located at Rifata Burdževića Street.