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RELIGIOUS HERITAGE

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Explore Macedonia’s churches and monasteries, a total of 992, featuring 150,000sq.m of fresco paintings, 23,000 icons, 240 iconostases, and other church items carved in wood.

 

St. John Kaneo

 

Macedonia’s churches and monasteries are among the country’s most precious treasures, where the spiritual and artistic heritage of the Byzantine Orthodox tradition is magnificently preserved.

 

While Macedonian churches share the essential characteristics of all Byzantine churches across the Balkans, in terms of construction, design and artwork, they also have very unique elements. First among these are the incredibly detailed and precise wood carvings found in many churches, especially in western Macedonia, created by the well-trained masters of the centuries-old Macedonian School of ecclesiastical art.

The singularity of Macedonia’s churches is also attested in the many frescoes and icons unusual for either their subject matter or style. Macedonian icons, acknowledged as being among the most important in the world, were recently displayed at a comprehensive exhibit by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Macedonia’s myriad churches bear witness to the country’s rich and varied past. Many reveal the influence of Serbian, Greek or Latin founders, while Oriental and even Evangelical touches can be seen in a few.

 

 

The country in a past, over the centuries often changed its borders and its ethnic compositions but the people managed to preserve most of these Macedonian treasures regardless of the different emperors and different religions that passed through. It is believed that Ohrid holds most of this treasure because once it had 365 churches – one for each day of the year.

 

Churches and monasteries

 

 

Monastery of St.Jovan Bigorski – near Debar

Monastery St. Naum of Ohrid – near Ohrid

Leshok Monastery – Tetovo

Monastery St. Jovan Bogoslov Kaneo – Ohrid

The Church of St. Joachim of Osogovo

Monastery of St. Joachim of Osogovo – near Kriva Palanka

The assembly of Sv. Kliment Ohridski, Skopje

The church Sv. Spas, Skopje

Markov monastery – Church Sv. Dimitrija  – Skopje

The Church of St. Cyril and Methodius  – Tetovo

Monastery “Nativity of Holy Mary, Mother of God” – Makedonski Brod

The church St Sofia – Ohrid

Monastery St.Pantelejmon at Plaoshnik – Ohrid

Church St. Holy Mother of God Perivlepta – Ohrid

Cave Church St.Erasmus – near Ohrid

Complex of churches Kalishta – near Struga

Church Holy Mary,Mother of God – Krushevo

Church St. Panteleimon – Veles

The Church Complex of Saint Leontius, Vilaage of Vodocha – near Strumica

St. Nicholas – Shtip

Monastery of St. Panteleimon – near Kochani

The Church of St. Archangel Michael

 

 

Mosques and other Islamic buildings

Mustapha Pasha Mosque – Skopje

Sultan-muratova Mosque – Skopje

Jahja – Pasha mosque – Skopje

Daut Pasha Hamam – Skopje

Chifte Hamam – Skopje

The Painted Mosque – Tetovo

Arabati-Baba Teke – Tetovo

Jeni mosque – Bitola

Orta Mosque – Strumica

Treskavec Monastery – Prilep

 

 

Treskavec Monastery

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