duminică, 31 iulie 2011

Day #3, part #2, Macedonia (Ohrid's Monasteries)

There was more about Ohrid than the clean and sparkling water: the monasteries.

We approached them by the water, of course...

The first one was St. John Kaneo church, built in 13th c. – most known for its scenic location, standing on a cliff over Lake Ohrid. 

Notable about the architecture is Armenian influence in the zig-zag line of the roof of the dome.

This is the view that made us come here in the first place. 

St.Pantelejmon – Plaoshnik - It has been very important religious center since early Christian times, if not before. It is the site of the first university in Europe, opened in the 10th c. and it is the place where the cyrillic alphabet was created.

The church you see is a reconstruction of the church St.Klement built when he came here and opened the university.

Some interesting frescoes beautifully decorated, kept in the open air.

The houses in Ohrid are highly decorated... with flowers.

The last monastery viewed yesterday, before we passed out: St. Bogorodica Perivlepta 13th c. - The church was built and painted in 1295. It is dedicated to Virgin Mary, Perivlepta (from [[Greek] Περίβλεπτος]] is a attribute given to her meaning "the Omnisicent and Clairvoyant". The painters who decorated this monastery, Mihailo and Evtihie, are the first Byzantine artists to sign their work. 
Another interesting fact: the figures painted by Michael and Eutychius are not presented the traditional Byzantine way, skinny, emotionless and with their thoughts wondering somewhere. They are presented like healthy, chubby young men with red cheeks.

In our way back to the hotel I saw this beauty and I couldn't resist taking a picture with "her". 
The wedding from the hotel's restaurant kept us awake till late in the night (or should I say early in the morning)... and is gonna be a long, long day today.
Have a blessed Sunday, my friends.

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