Varoš (Varosh) – St. Michael

Saint Michael – Holy Archangel Michael – Sveti Arhangel Mikhail – Varoš (Varosh)

This monastery complex and church dedicated to St. Michael is located on a wondrous granite laden hill near the Prilep village of Varoš (Varosh). Construction of the original church is believed to have occurred during the late 1100s. Underneath the church in a cave-like atmosphere there are some frescoes dating back to the 12th century. Unfortunately, the lighting was not sufficient to take photographs. The monk’s dormitories were built in the 19th century at the same time the church was last renovated. Legend has it that King Marko built the church with stolen funds, resulting in a curse on the church and its eventual abandonment. The legend continues to state that the Archangel Michael spoke to a woman named Mary in a dream and based on this dream, Mary was able to rebuild the monastery with help from people in the Prilep area.

Our dear friend Stanka hand made a mosaic of the Virgin Mary and donated it to the monastery, pictures 17 to 23 in the gallery below.



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