Church of Our Lady of Perivepta
Macedonia, Ohrid (city)

The Church of Our Lady of Perivepta (translated from Greek - Preslavnaya) was built by order of the Byzantine commander Progon Zgur in 1295. The building of the temple in the shape of a cross is made of limestone and brick. The masonry leaves an impression of harmony and polychrome, which compares favorably with many Byzantine and Macedonian buildings of this time. Thanks to its exceptional architecture and wall paintings, this church is one of the most important monuments of the Middle Ages. The frescoes on its walls are made by famous artists of the time - Michael and Eutyhius, who laid the foundation for a new direction in Byzantine art.
To understand the artistic decision of the church murals, you need to know the history of the region. At that time, as the Perivepta temple was built and painted, Serbian painting entered a new phase of development. Serbian king Stefan Milutin began to expand his possessions through Byzantine territory, which included Macedonia. The cooperation of Serbian and Greek icon painters was reflected in the painting style, giving rise to new directions in church painting. It was in this new style that the churches of the Virgin Mary of Perivepta in Ohrid and the Virgin Mary of Levishka in Prizren, St. Nikita near Skopje and George in Staro Nagorichino and some others.
In the temple there is a miraculous icon of the Mother of God, which is an exact copy of the revered shrine of Constantinople. The altar apse contains images of the great Fathers of the Church, scenes of worship of the Lamb and the sacrament of the apostles. On the altar and deacon are images of the Great Sebastian Martyrs. A huge array of medieval frescoes, besides executed in an unusual manner, predetermines the special value of the church. After the church of St. Clement was converted into a mosque, the remains of the saint were transferred to the Church of the Virgin, and the latter was renamed the Church of St. Clement.

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