"Sveti Spas Church" Sveti Spas Tip by mikey_e

Sveti Spas, Skopje: 9 reviews and 20 photos

  Wooden bell-tower on Sveti Spas
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  • Wooden bell-tower on Sveti Spas - Skopje
      Wooden bell-tower on Sveti Spas
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  • Crkva Sveti Spas - Skopje
      Crkva Sveti Spas
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  • The plaza in front of the church - Skopje
      The plaza in front of the church
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I have to admit, when it comes to this church, I am a bit of an idiot. Maybe that's not entirely fair: I was in Skopje for one day only (I wanted to stay two nights, but every single room except a bridal suite was booked up) and this was after I had did the all night bus trip from Sarajevo. Anyway, I came by the church as I sat in the square in front of it to eat some baklava, admired at its exterior, and then left. The real treat, however, is the exquisite iconostasis inside this 16th-17th century church. It was destroyed in the 19th century but redone in the 1860s. It supposedly combines a variety of artistic styles, including Islamic art (I'm piecing together the Macedonian explanation, or at least what I understood of it) to depict Biblical stories, including the two testaments. Definitely go in inside - but if you don't, you can always be inspired by the pretty wooden bell-tower of the church. Also, a Macedonian national hero, Goce Delchev, is buried behind the church.

Directions: Across from the entrance of Skopsko Kale

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  • Written Feb 5, 2009
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