Macedonia - A Land of Contrasts
Monasteries... and more Monasteries
The frescoes inside the church are considered the finest in Macedonia. Photographs are not permitted, but here is a small image of the "Lamentation". Below is the view of Skopje from Panteleimon taken Fall 1999.
Sveti Andreij - Matka
This church is small, but contains a number of well-preserved frescoes. The one below is from the dome above the altar.
More frescoes from Matka. Below are St Peter & Paul.
Sveti Joakim Osogovski
Joakim Osogovski is located near the Bulgarian border. The churches [16th and 19th century] are not exceptional. What *is* exceptional is the natural setting of the monastery. I had a halting conversation with an old nun [in Macedonian] about the monastery, where I was from and the dire state of the world.
The frescoes shown here are on the outside of the larger church and date from the 19th century.