"Monastery Sv Jovan Bigorski (St John the Baptist)" Mavrovo Things to Do Tip by Pijlmans
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WARNING: Parts of the Monastery burned down September 2009. The church was spared. Keep this in mind when you plan to visit the Monastery!
The Monastery of Sveti Jovan Bigorski (St John the Baptist) is located on Mount Bistra in the Mavrovo National Park in the west of Macedonia, close to the village Galicnik. Sveti Jovan Bigorski was first build in 1020, when an icon of St John the Baptist was found at the spot. It is still a working monastery, were you can stay the night for about 5 euros or some work.
The church is renowned because it has one of only three iconostases that were woodcarved by the famous brothers Petre and Marko Filipovski from Gari and Makarije Frckovski from Galicnik. The iconastasis has over 500 humans and 200 animals carved, depicting scenes from the Old and New Testaments. Remarkably, many of the depicted people wear the traditional 19th century Macedonian costumes, despite the fact that the scenes are from the bible. Besides the many religious scenes, the woodcarving team itself can be found at the left side of the iconostasis. The other two iconostases can be found in Sveti Spas (Holy Saviour) in Skopje and in the Monastery of Sveti Gavril Lesnovski (St Gabriel) in Lesnovo.
Remarkable are the frescoes on the outside of the church.
There is a small shop that sells religious items as well as CDs with church music such as Orthodox singing.
You cannot enter the monastery in shorts etc, but at the entrance you can get trousers and skirts to put over your own clothes in case you are dressed inappropriately.
The view from the monastery over the Mavrovo National park is very good.
Phone: +38 (0)42478675 (not verified)
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