St.John Bigorski monastery, Mavrovo

More about St. John Bigorski monastery   

St. John Bigorski Monastery is one of the most beautiful monasteries in the Republic of Macedonia located in the breathtaking landscapes of the National Park of Mavrovo. The story of this monastery starts with the oldest miraculous icon with healing power, originating from the 11th century, dedicated to the name of St John the Baptist. The impressive architecture, especially the use of the “bigor”, meaning tuff stone, in its construction is the reason why is added “Bigorski” to the name of this sacred place. The first church was built in 1020 by the monk John.

Unfortunately, it was destroyed several times by the Ottomans and the monastery we are visiting today was built in the end of the 18th century. One of its most valuable treasures is the iconostasis, created by Petre Filipovski-Garkata from the nearby village of Gari and Makarij Frckovski from the village of Galicnik. This impressive masterpiece, considered one of the finest examples of wood carved iconostasis, was made in five years, from 1830 to 1835. The carved scenes from the Old and the New Testament together with a remarkable decoration of symbols connected to the Christianity make this iconostasis a symbol of faith, salvation and victory.

  The priceless spiritual treasure is complemented with the miraculous relics from different saints, including a part from the Holy Cross.  Today, there are about 20 monks who devoted their life to God and helping others. They are going to reveal with great pleasure, the history of this supreme beauty and their life in it.

This museum complex consist

Prehistoric palafitte settlement

On the settlement are 24 reconstructed prehistoric houses, in round and rectangular shape. Inside the houses you can see how the prehistoric people were living, you will see items and tools they used in everyday life.

The museum building

Inside the museum building you can see original artifacts from the original settlement. Before building this museum in Bay of bones we had 10 years of underwater archaeology exploration, all the artifacts founded are old from 12th to 7th century B.C and are places in this museum. Also in the museum always you will be accompanied with professional curator. Also the visitors which was more time to spend in this place can see movie about Ohrid lake and its beauties.

Roman castrum

The fortress is part of the museum complex “Bay of the Bones” and it dates back to the 3rd century A.D. The fortress offers gorgeous views of the prehistoric settlement, Ohrid lake and the mountain Galichica. There are picnic areas in the fortress, too.

Diving center

For tourists which love scuba diving this is the right place. Explore the original settlement and admire on one of the most clear lakes in the world with more than 21 meter transparency of the water.