Church of Saint Panteleimon

Karpoš, North Macedonia

The Church of Saint Panteleimon in Gorno Nerezi, is a small 12th-century Byzantine church located in a monastery complex. The church and monastery are dedicated to St. Panteleimon, the patron saint of physicians. The church was constructed in 1164 as a foundation of Alexios Angelos, a son of Constantine Angelos.

The church has a domed cruciform core, three apses, and a rectangular narthex. It is built of irregular stone blocks and brick embedded in thick layers of mortar. The surrounding monastery complex is enclosed by walls.

The frescoes in the church are famous examples of Komnenian-era Byzantine art, depicting scenes from the Passion of Christ and various hagiographical illustrations. Similar compositions appear in the Latomou Monastery in Thessaloniki. The church was damaged by an earthquake in the 16th century. In the restoration that followed, some of the frescoes in the upper middle region have been repainted. The original marble iconostasis survived the earthquake, but lost its decorative plastic art.

In another restoration attempt in 1885, the larger part of the frescoes in the naos were painted over rather ineptly. During cleaning in 1923, some of the original 12th-century frescoes were restored.

The coloring, dramatic composition and purity of expression displayed in the frescoes are outstanding examples of Byzantine medieval monumental painting in the later 12th century.

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Founded: 1164
Category: Religious sites in North Macedonia

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Stefan Petrusevski (6 months ago)
It's a perfect church to go on a sunday with family friends or alone.
Gar Yos (6 months ago)
One of the nice churches to visit in Skopje
Elena Blazevska (6 months ago)
St Panteleimon is a historic monastery with Byzantine architecture and one of the most beautiful spots in Skopje for views. This serene destination is ideal for quick escape and relaxation. You don't need any appointments and you have a lot of parking space in front of the monastery.
Rosalie B (9 months ago)
Worth the visit! You have to pay entrance 120 de per person!
abyss (12 months ago)
It is worth to wising this monastery.
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