Church of St. Nicetas

Čučer-Sandevo, North Macedonia

Church of Saint Nicetas in Banjane is a medieval Orthodox church. The monastery and church, dedicated to Saint Nicetas, was built by the Serbian king Milutin ca. 1300 on the ruins of a previous church. The monastery was donated by Milutin short after their construction to the Serb monastery Chilandar on Mount Athos. St Nicetas was thoroughly renovated in 1484.

Saint Nicetas has a simple cross-in-square base with a central come standing on pandantifs and four columns. The outer decoration is typically Byzantine, done in layers of stone and red brick. The nicest decoration is to be found on the wall of the apse.

Fresco paintings

The signature on the shield of St Theodore reveals that the church was painted by the famous Michael, son of Eutichios, the favorite court painter of King Milutin who painted many other of his churches as well (for example Staro Nagoričane). The frescoes are well preserved and all date from around 1324, except those in the dome which are from 19th century, done by the well-known Dimitar 'Dičo Zograf' Krstević.

One of the reasons for their good condition was the renovation of 1484 done in an astonishingly modern manner by the group that fresco painted Treskavec Monastery (1483), old katholikon of the Monastery of Great Meteoron (1483) and the church of St Nicholas of the Nun Eupraxia in Kastoria (1486).

In the lowest section are represented life size figures of saints. In the middle section we see Christ's miracles while in the upper parts of the church are representations of Passion. The inscriptions are in Greek and Church Slavonic of Serbian redaction.

The iconostasis of the church was painted in 1846-1847 by Dičo Zograf.



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Founded: 1300
Category: Religious sites in North Macedonia

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Todor Georgievski (2 years ago)
Great holy place, nice to visit with family and friends for a sunday piknik. Beatifull nearby villages.
Igor Belja (2 years ago)
A wonderful place to escape the city for a few hours
Mende Lazarovskik (2 years ago)
One of the oldest monasteries from the 11th century situated on Skopska crna gora mountain. It has a road that you can drive right up to the monastery. There is seating where you can enjoy lunch or have coffee.
Elizabeta Eftimovska (2 years ago)
Peacefully, great view, great nature
Aleksandar Jovevski (2 years ago)
Very nice place for picnic and fun in nature
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