Kopaonik’s Metodje is the national sanctuary of Kopaonik, a miraculous spring hidden in the cliffs of the Brzećka river.
Metodje is also a nature reserve within the Kopaonik National Park, it is characterized by six phytocenological different spruce and beech communities as well as a large number of rare and relict plant species.
The easiest way to reach Metodje is to take the asphalt road to Kopaonik all the way to the entrance to the reserve, on a large curve, and further along the marked path to the sanctuary.
After crossing one of the bridges, you soon reach a cold water geyser (on the right side of the path), whose jet reaches a height of about 5 meters.
Further along the marked path through the stream, you come across an abandoned, medieval mining shaft from which drinking water flows.
Then, after crossing another bridge on the Brzećka River, you enter a dense coniferous-beech forest, from where you can reach the sanctuary in 20-25 minutes.
Metodje is a folk sanctuary visited by Saint Methodius, where he meditated and transcribed holy books. The inaccessibility of this space brings peace to every visitor. The space is actually a spacious under-roof under a rocky massif about fifteen meters high. In the very corner of the cave, water erupts, which is attributed to its healing properties.
On the third of July every year, starting from 1504, it is celebrated as a mining Kopaonik holiday when a strong world from Kopaonik, Podkopaonica places and the wider area gathers at this place. Namely, according to the legend, on July 3, 1504 (St. Methodius), the Turks forced the miners to go down to the mine and dig ore. There was a big storm with thunder that set the mine on fire and on that occasion the miners were killed.
Along the hiking trail, there are places for rest, benches and tables where you can enjoy the view, clean air and refresh yourself with water from mountain springs.