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Jovan Bigorski Monastery is located near the main road Gostivar - Debar. Two kilometers before the village Rostusa, separates minor road of one kilometer in length, which leads to the Monastery of St. John (Jovan) Bigorski.

The road surrounded by trees and rocks of limestone (bigor - after which the name Bigorski comes) rises slightly on a hill and ends at the main entrance of the monastery.
The monastery is located in a rarely beautiful place, with natural beauty landscapes. Built on the slopes of Mount Bistra, surrounded by lush forest and below the monastery, it in adjacent vicinity flow the clear waters of the river Radika, rich with diverse fish, mostly trout.
From the monastery spreads a beautiful view of the mountain Korab with its peaks Mal (Small) and Golem (Large) Krcin, as well as picturesque villages Rostusa, Velebrdo, Bituse and Trebiste placed in its surrounding rich with forests and meadows. Here adjacent are the villages Tresonce, Gari, Osoi, Galičnik Lazaropole, places from where originate a plead of engravers and painters from XVIII and XIX century.
With these villages are also tied the names of famous carvers Petre Filipovski called "Garka" and Makarie Frckovski, author of the iconostasis in the church St. Spas (Holy Salvation) in Skopje, the monastery church Gavril Lesnovski and St. John (Jovan) Bigorski monastery.
The monastery St. Jovan Bigorski seem important not only for its beautiful carved iconostasis, but also for the monastery quarters, the work of a master-masons from this region, which in that time were in groups as painters, engravers, painters and craftsmen-masons.

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