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Churches and Monasteries in Macedonia

The monastery complex "St. Jovan Bigorski"

At 2 km from the village of Rostushe, Debar, at an altitude of 740 meters, rises the monastery of St. Jovan Bigorski. Placed in the impressive limestone rocks along the canyon valley of the Radika River, in the embrace of the lush forests on the northwestern slopes of Mount Bistra, this largest spiritual temple in Macedonia is visited by numerous worshipers and tourists on daily basis.
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“St. Panteleimon” Church, Plaoshnik, Ohrid

One may freely say that Macedonia is a country where the sacrilegious and sacred objects are found in every step you take. However, the religious locality of Plaoshnik is one of the world’s most famous sacrilegious places and it has been well-known as a religious locality ever since the beginnings of Christianity, and most probably even before that. The site is on the south side of the hill which is in the old town of Ohrid, around 250 m south of the central part of the Samuil’s Fortress.
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Lesnovo Monastery "St. Gavril Lesnovski"

Located in the most unique area on the territory of Macedonia, the Lesnovo Monastery and the village of Lesnovo, almost always leave the visitors, who visit the Lesnovo crater for the first time, breathless. The Lesnovo crater represents at the same time a monument of nature and a geological rarity. The village of Lesnovo is located in the northeastern part of Macedonia and is the only settlement that lies in a clearly expressed and preserved fossil volcanic crater.
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Church of the Nativity of the Theotokos, Skopje

This church is also known as Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin and it is located in the center of Skopje, on the quay’s left side of the River Vardar. In the past, in the period from 1835 to the fires by the Bulgarian fascistic army in 1944, the church was a cathedral for the city of Skopje and the main center of the Skopje eparchy. The patron saint of the church “The Nativity of the Theotokos”, is protector of the city of Skopje.
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“St. Blessed Virgin Mary” Church – Zaum, Ohrid

In the immediate vicinity of the fishermen’s village Trpejca, on the east cost of the Ohrid Lake lies the monastery church of “Saint Virgin Mary – Zaum”. According to the inscription above the entrance on the inside, the church was erected in 1361. “Saint Virgin Mary” church was built in the shape of a cross with a dome that leans on four pillars which in the upper part finish with different domes.
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“St. George, Kurbinovo” Church, Prespa

Near the picturesque village of Kurbinovo, on the downhills of the Mount Pelister that slowly fall towards the flawless lake beauty of Prespa, there is a church dedicated to St. George. According to the paintings, it is proposed that the church was built in 1191. It is a modest building from the type of a rectangular nave and a semicircular apse. It is built from a trimmed stone.
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The monastery complex "ST. NAUM"

In the cliffs above the Ohrid Lake, 29 km from the city of Ohrid, surrounded by a divine nature, between the endlessly crystal-clear blue lake and the high Galicica Mountain massif, stands the monastery St. Naum as a witness of the Middle Ages, the culture, history and tradition.
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“St. John the Theologian” Church, KANEO

There is almost no citizen in the city of Ohrid, and Macedonia as well, who has never heard of the legend that says: there were 365 churches in Ohrid, one for each day of the year. If you look over and under the ground of the city, there might be even more. They all possess their own beauty, but St. John the Theologian, on the rocky hill over the beach Kaneo in the old part of the city is the most mystique, most photogenic and most famous church that beautifies the Ohrid Lake harbor.
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Leshok Monastery

On the southeast side of the slopes of Shar Mountain the village of Lesok is situated, only 8 km away from the city of Tetovo. The village of Lesok is especially characteristic because of the beautiful surroundings and clean mountain air. The good climate makes it one of the most visited places in Macedonia.
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Osogovo Monastery "St. Joakim Osogovski"

Osogovo Monastery is a Macedonian Orthodox monastery located near Kriva Palanka, 10 kilometres from the Bulgarian border on Osogovo Mountain and is situated 825 metres above sea level. The monastery consists of two churches including the larger "Saint Joachim of Osogovo" and the smaller "Holy Mother of God." The monastery grounds also consist of a bell tower, dormitories, a guardhouse, and a residency for the Head of the Macedonian Orthodox Church.
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