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.
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