, pub-1113480501098682, DIRECT, f08c47fec0942fa0 Monastery of St. Jovan Bigorski

Monastery of St. Jovan Bigorski

The monastery of St. Jovan Bigorski is located in an exceptionally picturesque area, in the valley of the Radika River. It was built in 1021 dedicated to the beheading of St. John the Baptist.

From the outside the monastery looks like a gray castle (the origin of the name bigor = chalk), but the inside is decorated with fantastic handmade wood carvings. This monastery, about 1000 years old, is a complex of a church, synod, guest rooms and a library with very old books. The decoration is unique and one of its kind in Christianity. The complex is full of relics and ancient icons, including the icon of John the Baptist, banded in a zilver armor.

This is definetely one of the "must see" locations in Macedonia.


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