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Located in western Macedonia near the road connecting the towns of Debar and Gostivar, is the Macedonian Orthodox MONASTERY OF ST. JOVAN BIGORSKI.
The Monastery Church, built in 1020 is dedicated to St. John the Baptist. The Ottomans destroyed the monastery in the 16th century and was rebuilt in 1743, along with several Monk quarters. Expanded again in the period from 1812 to 1825.
One of the Monastery's most valuable treasures is one of the three wood-carved Iconostasis created by the famous brothers, Petre and Marko Filipovski. The Icon has over 500 human and 200 animal carvings and also depicts scenes from the Old and New Testament. The other iconostasis can be found in Sveti Spas in Skopje and Monastery of Sveti Gabriel Lesnovski in Lesovo (which we also visited).
Another valuable treasure is an Icon dating from 1020 with supposedly miraculous healing powers.
Before entering the Church, we had to put on skirts over our clothes.
In September 2009, the Monastery suffered a large loss, as parts of the Monastery burned down. It is told that the flames could be seen for miles around and the residents of the area came to mourn the loss of such an important part of the area history.
Directions: in Western Macedonia - near the road connection the towns of Debar and Gostivar.
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