Sv. Pantelejmon Monastery: Divine Beauty

Sv. Pantelejmon (St. Panteleimon) is a remarkable medieval Macedonian monument and contains the most famous treasure of Byzantine painting from the time of the Comnenian dynasty. It is on the slopes of Mount Vodno, in the village of Gorno Nerezi in the Republic of Macedonia.

The church was built in 1164AD, with the funds of Alexius Comnenus and dedicated to the protector of health, Sv. Pantelejmon. In the Byzantine style, they used ordinary stone from the surrounding area of the monastery. Bricks were used as well, and they have since been skillfully converted into polychrome surfaces. The small church is constructed in the traditional shape of a cross inscribed in a rectangular area.SvPantelejmonThe frescoes in Sv. Pantelejmon are the work of many masters, and the highest achievement of Byzantine art is the composition called “Lamentation of Christ” by an unknown fresco painter. It is truly a sight to see! The uniqueness of this composition, which differs from scenes with similar themes in other monasteries in the Byzantine form, highlight of the emotion of Mary, painted as a mother crying over the dead body of her son Jesus Christ. This kind of representation is characteristic of the Renaissance painters from Italy, who would appear hundreds of years later after the creation of “Lamentation of Christ.” Because of this, this artwork is considered a foundational work for Renaissance paintings.PantelejmonFrescoAfter you have visited Sv. Pantelejmon Monastery, enjoy lunch at the restaurant adjacent to the church. They offer a variety of meats, on the bone and in sausages, cured above the mantle of the large fireplace. Many of the dishes served are cooked on the large metal grate in the fireplace. Пријатно јадење! (Have a nice meal!)

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