Near the city of Prilep in the Varos neigborhood the monastery St. Archangel Michael is located with one of the most beautiful monastery inns in Macedonia.

Todays the church, with the exception of the west, has all the features of the latest renovation which was completed in 1861.
In the scientific world the church Saint Archangel is the subject of extensive study. Problem is its initial building and the subsequent developments . In fact , some argue that the west is built first and the other say it is the east.

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It is assumed that somewhere in the second half of the XII century was built the original church of St. Archangel in its eastern part.
In the monastery courtyard , there are many fragments of antiquity. Monolithic stone pillars of the porch of the church are also remains of antiquity, one of which (north) is preserved inscription in Cyrillic letters of 996, which mentions the death of Andrea .
After the inscription on the tombstone of Samuel parents of 993, this is the second oldest Slavic script with Cyrillic letters. On both sides of the church, adjusting to the steep slope, built in XIX century are the monastery quarters.
 They are the work of Prilep craftsmen who in XIX century, on top of the material well-being were organized in guilds. Each room in the quarters has preserved appropriate posts, telling the story about the participation of the different guilds in the construction of dormitories . On the architectural side, the quarters are a fine example of the old city architecture.
You can reach the monastery by foot, using the walk stone trail which connects the monasteries in the Varosh area or by car using the asphalt road.  A taxi from the center of the city to the Varosh monastery costs less than 2 euro.

From Prilep - city of Marko Krale
From Prilep - city of Marko Krale

 

 

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