In a low mountain range above Panonnia known by a variety of names throughout history (Mons Pinguis, Mons Almus, Alma Mons and Fruška Gora), set between the rivers Sava and Danube, thirty five monasteries were built in a marvelous natural setting, of which 15 have been preserved. Serbian orthodox monastery communities exist there at the monasteries of Krušedol, Petkovica, Rakovac, Velika Remeta, Divša, Novo Hopovo, Staro Hopovo, Jazak, Mala Remeta, Grgeteg, Beočin, Privina Glava, Šišatovac, Kuveždin and Vrdnik-Ravanica. According to historical data, these monastery communities have existed since the first decades of the sixteenth century, but the legends relate their founding to the period between the twelfth and fifteenth centuries. The monasteries are concentrated in an area fifty kilometers long and ten kilometers wide. In the course of five centuries of existence these monasteries sustained the spiritual and political life of the Serbian nation. The monasteries were founded in a period of great wars and migrations, and they became centers where the cult of the Branković Family, the last of the Serbian despotic families, was carefully nurtured using the Nemanjić family dynasty as a model. Of equal importance in understanding the spiritual life of the Fruška Gora monasteries are the cults of individual saints, whose relics attracted both pilgrims and patrons to the monasteries. The donations of pilgrims and the highly developed sense of patronage among the Serbs served to heighten religious feelings, stimulating the further construction, decoration and replenishment of the monasteries. Thus, the monasteries of  Fruška Gora are a unique part of the religious, educational and cultural being of the Serbian nation.