Monastery of St. Naum
Macedonia, Ohrid (city)

The monastery of St. Naum, which is located on a hill near Lake Ohrid, was founded in 893-900 by St. Naum of Ohrid, the youngest student of Cyril and Methodius, under the auspices of the rulers of Bulgaria, Simeon and Boris. Subsequently, after the death of the saint, his relics were placed in the temple of the monastery. This church ascetic is considered one of the founders of Bulgarian religious literature. In addition, there is a legend which says that Saint Naum had the gift of healing the sick. The Macedonians are sure that having put an ear to the sarcophagus with the relics of an ascetic, and now you can hear the beating of his heart. In honor of the saint, the monastery got its name. Previously, the residence of the Ohrid Archbishop was located here, the monastery today is under the jurisdiction of the Macedonian Orthodox Church.
The original church, built in 900, was dedicated to the Holy Archangels Michael and Gabriel, had the shape of a shamrock and belonged to the style of medieval Slavic architecture during the period of Clement and Naum in Macedonia. During its existence, the monastery was partially destroyed several times, for example, during the Ottoman rule and the fire in February 1875. Multiple reconstructions led to the fact that the shape of the church has completely changed. On the floor of the existing church are laid out in white and black marble the outlines of the foundation of the first temple, discovered by archaeologists. The walls of the church are completely covered with frescoes of the icon painter Trpo of the early 19th century. The highly stylized iconostasis, covered with small carvings, has special artistic significance and dates back to 1711.
On the territory of the monastery is a hotel, another small church, luxurious peacocks walk and swallows fly. The monastery is very beautiful, all in flowers, around amazing views of the lake and mountains.

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