Bukovo Monastery – Holy Transfiguration of Christ (Буковски Манастир) near Bitola

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Bukovo Monastery

Bukovo Monastery – Holy Transfiguration of Christ (Буковски Манастир) is located in a beautiful mountain area near the villages Bukovo and Krstoar in Bitola region.

There are not so many records about the monastery history, but there is some data that suggest that it was built on the foundations of an older church.

The monastery church was built in 1837, in 1845 the monastery had two monks and in 1865 there was only one abbot.

Today the monastery is maintained by the local villagers.

In the middle of the monastery is located the church and from the old monastic enclosure walls and the main gate, only a small portion was preserved. The old monastery lodgings were built southwest of the church, and they were recently renovated.

Due to the proximity of the city of Bitola, the clean air and water and the picturesque mountain scenery, the monastery today is one of the most visited sites for a picnic near Bitola.

The monastery was one of the favorite locations of the diplomatic corps in Bitola during Ottoman Empire, particularly the Russian Consul Alexander Arkadievich Rostkovski, who was killed by a Turkish soldier in 1903, when he was returning from the monastery in his residence in Bitola.

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