Poganovo, Sukovo Monastery and Cave church
Around Pirot is great nature. Must see are Stara mountain as one of natures pearls in Europe, resort Temac on Temšica river, Poganovo resort and monastery (1395) with same name, Zavojsko lake and church St. John the Theologian from 14th century. It it located about 25km from Pirot.
St. John the Theologian, is monastery in Poganovo village in Dimitrovgrad town and in Pirot county. It is very small village, but well known for its nature and this old monastery. It was never robbed till now and works on its restoration started in last century. Because it’s age of creation and great beauty it is protected by State of Serbia and UNESCO. When we are talking about what to visit in Serbia, this is for sure one great history monument too.
Monastery Sukovo, ор The Monastery of St. Mother of Christ as its real name is, is located abut 18km from Pirot. It is founded in middle of 19th century. Its located in the middle of the wood, so it preserved its originality and native look.
St Peter and Paul church or Bold Jesus church
Church of St. Peter and Paul, Cave Church, is most unique church in all Christianity for few things. One of them is that this church is cave church, which is rare. Other thing is that in this church is only fresco of Jesus Christ known as “Young Jesus“, or “Bold Jesus”, where he is portrayed as young and bold. This church probably dates from 13th century.
Poganovo monastery photos by МикоCC BY-SA 3.0; St John of Rila and St Joachim of Osogovo (Sarandapor) – a fresco from Poganovo monastery (end of 15th century) by Nikolov2010; Bottom photo entrance of the cave church in Rsovci, Pirot, Serbia, Unknown author CC BY-SA 3.0