Church St. Andonija
Remains of Old Roman villa
The existence of the Roman fortress “Peshta” as dominant strategic position nearby village Gradesnica, resulted with the building of residential premises for the commander of the nearby stationed Roman army.
According to D-r Branislav Ristevski from Institute for Old Slavic Culture Prilep, on the places of the present churches St. Andonija (Св. Андонија), St. George (Св. Ѓорѓи) and St. Spas (Holy Salvation, Св. Спас) existed pseudo-urban Roman villa from the middle of the II to the late III century.
Within the framework of the comprehensive archaeological analyzes, carried out in the period from 1990 to 1998 the remains of complex of Roman villas were spotted, whereby the manufacturing and sliving capacities were positioned at St. Spas (Holy Salvation) site, the manufacturing, and residential premises were at St. George site, while the complex at St. Andonia with no doubt had residential character, intended for enjoyment (Otium).
Later the Roman villa at St. Andonija site, with some modifications was transformed to a Christian church (IV century), remains of which can still be seen today, nearby the present church built in the 1970s.
The new church St. Andonija built in 1970s and the base (remains still visible) of the old church (transformed Roman villa)
It can be said that nature had been kind to village Gradesnica, which with its eco pure environment, is well known by its products like: “Mariovo lam”, “Bieno (beaten) cheese” and “Mariovo honey”.
Location of Gradeshnica village