Zen Vila is located in Rezevici, a place that rises above the sea coast, on rocks covered with olive trees between which stone Dalmatian houses emerge. In this region, between the towns of Bar and Budva famous coastal clan Pastrovici resides, known for its traditions and customs that remained unchanged for centuries. One of the main places that nurtures this cultural and made this place famous heritage is the monastery Rezevici. Between Petrovac and St. Stefan, this is the most beautiful part of the coast, where every rock has its own story to tell.

 

Drobni pijesak

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Beach is situated very close to Rezevici on which, for centuries, the Pastrovici clan held sessions of assembly of tribes, called Bankada. Throughout the middle ages, this clan had a right to their autonomy, which was enforced on the principles of unity and agreement among all families (consensus) that constituted the tribe. At least once a year on a stony beach of Drobni Pijesak, Bankada held sessions at which decisions were made unanimously, and which were the place of judgment and justice. According to tradition this institute of Pastrovici was approved by late King Stefan Nemanjic Prvovencani in the 13th century and since then it represented a symbol of harmony and justice. During difficult times, on the verges of strong kingdoms, Bankada has contributed to perservance of Pastrovic traditions, language and religion. While you are swimming and sunbathing on this beach, try to think about and imagine the wonderful events, strong personalities, and fateful decisions that were made at this locale.

Sveti Stefan

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Sveti Stefan is a world famous tourist attraction, the city on a small island which was turned into a tourist resort visited by countless famous personalities, statesmen, actors and artists from across the globe. Historically, it is the place where amid-15th century Pastrovici clan built a fortress and a house for each family in the clan. The island has served as a protection against invaders and pirates, and later became a maritime and trade center. It was named after the church of St. Stefan, dating from the period of dynasty Nemanjic, and the Day of Holy Archdeacon Stefan is a day that most Pastrovic mark as their patron saint. When visiting Sveti Stefan, be sure to photograph this unique miracle of nature conjuncted with the miracle of human construction, and feel a mixture of history and modern glamour and luxury.

Pastrovski monasteries

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Pastrovski monasteries are guardians of culture and tradition of the clan Pastrovici. Five Orthodox monasteries are situated on the coast that is just 17 kilometers long (from Budva to Sutomore). These are Vojnici, Gradiste, Rezevici, Duljevo and Praskvica. We recommend that you go and see one of these monasteries, and to converse with local clergy about the culture and customs of your hosts. In the nearby monastery Rezevici ask for Pastrovski statute, the Code of Tsar Dusan and the rights that were assigned to the locals in the 13th century.