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“Miraculous Monastery”

Monastery St. Jovan Bigorski
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Skopje, Lake Ohrid, and Mavrovo National Park...
Reviewed June 19, 2012

The Monastery of Saint Jovan Bigorski (Macedonian: Свети Јован Бигорски) is a Macedonian Orthodox monastery located in the western part of Macedonia, near the road connecting the towns of Debar and Gostivar.

The monastery church is dedicated to St. John the Baptist. According to the monastery's 1833 chronicle, it was built in 1020 by Ivan I Debranin. The Ottomans destroyed the monastery in the 16th century. The monastery was restored in 1743 by the monk Ilarion, who also built several monk cells. Later, in the period from 1812 to 1825 the monastery was expanded by archimandrite Arsenius. Among the donors there is also a mention of a monk Lov, recognized by some researchers as the future educator Yoakim Karchovski. One of the most valuable treasures of the monastery is the iconostasis created by Petre Filipovski Garkata from the nearby village of Gari. This iconostasis is considered a most beautiful and most valuable wood-carved iconostasis. Another valuable monastery treasure is an icon dating from 1020 with supposedly miraculous healing power.

Most of the old monastery complex was burnt down in 2009, while the new sections of the complex and church were saved. In May 2010, reconstruction of the old palaces begun with the aim to reconstruct it as authentic as possible.

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Reviewed May 12, 2012

very old monastery with icons and wood works centurys old.....great when is monastery day st.jovan in august ....evening free monastery meal for visitors and next day also more traditions ......all suroundings is great ..river radika ..high nountains ..beautiful vilages...must go in Mavrovo,Lazaropole,Galicnik

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