St. Nikola Monastery, village Manastir, Mariovo

St. Nikola Monastery is located in the beautiful wilderness of Mariovo region, in village Manastir (Monastery) and is one of the oldest monasteries in Republic of Macedonia.

According to an inscription located on the southern and northern walls of the central nave, the church was built in 1005 by Alexius, the cousin of the Emperor Alexius Comnenus.
The Abbot Akakie, who before his monastic vows was called Joanikis in 1266 raises the present church, on the foundation of the small already ruined church in 1095.

In 1271 during Akakie time it is also painted.According to the Greek inscription from 1560, located on the south facade of the church, it is concluded that the preserved fragments of paintings are from that period. In XIX century are carried out major repairs of the church, especially on the arches, and in 1939 most of the west wall is rebuild.

The whole church is fresco painted. In the first zone are presented full-size saints, among which stand out the Holy Warriors: St. Demetrius, St. George, Theodore Tyron, Stratilat etc.

In the second zone are painted busts, and in the third - scenes from the life of Christ.

In the south aisle are scenes from the life of St. Nikola (Nicholas) and in northern is represented monk Akakie, with the model of the church.

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Photos: Cane Mojanoski

Today efforts are made the monastic life of the Monastery St. Nikola, again to be restored. The wild natural area of the Mariovo region, every year attracts more and more tourists, and many are there especially for the monastery.

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