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Churches - Monasteries

The Basilica of Saint Achilles 

Located in the northeastern part of the homonymous island of Lake Prespa.The church was founded from the Tsar Bulgarian Samuel the 983 or 986 A.C who after his victory against Byzantine and the occupation of Larissa , transports from there there relics of Saint Achilles in Prespa.Despite the repeated destruction and looting of the church the locals rebuid it and continue to use it as the main center of worship until the mid-15th century..

The church belongs to the type of aisle basilica with three naves , seperated by two pessaries-arrays , which each of them counts seven pillars.Interesting architectural element are the steps used in official ceremonies the senior priests , most of which have survived and samples from the oldest wall paintings depicting red eighteen arches still showing the seats of bishops who belonged to the Archdiocese Ohrid.Also from other layers of wall paintings have been preserved forms of military saints , the Virgin Mary and an angel , which date from the 11th and 12th century.

Interest presents the tombs of important persons are in the southern nave of the temple.In the south antennaof the diakonikon there is a tomb covered by anaglyph limestone slab  , which according to tradition are kept the relics of Saint Achilles.Of the other four graves of the south aisle stands in which he found a silk fabric piece , depicting eagles in circles decorated with plant motifs.

Church of St Demetrios

The church of St.Demetrios in the south-west of St Achilies , which dates back to the 14th century.Moving south from the Basilica of Saint Achielles, we ascend the small hilland somewhere on the south side of the hill lies the ruined church of St Demetrius.Currently preserved a part of the apse and south wall.

The church is small.A pier-wall creates a small apartment on the south side of the church , in front of the sanctuary . A similar partition muist exist on the north side.The walls are made of local stone and mortar , which was subsequently eroded by harsh weather conditions.The wall paintings dating to the 14th century.Has great aesthetic value  wooden templon , Epirotes work Taliadouros of 1864 . despotic throne, pulpit and shrines .Noteworth attaction  is also the bell tower of the church. 

 

 

 

Church of St Georgios

On the island of little Prespa St Achilles also rescued the single-aisled wooden roofed church of St. George, which is still used today as a cemetery church of the inhabitants and preserves frescoes of the 15th century.

 

 

 

Church of St Germain 

Ο ναός του Αγίου Γερμανού, στην ομώνυμη κοινότητα, είναι αφιερωμένος στον Άγιο Γερμανό, Πατριάρχη Κωνσταντινουπόλεως που, κατά την τοπική παράδοση, πέθανε στην περιοχή και τάφηκε στο ναό. Είναι εγγεγραμένος σταυροειδής ναός με τρούλο, που ανιδρύθηκε λίγα χρόνια πριν το 1006. Διασώζει τμήματα τοιχογραφιών που χρονολογούνται στον 11ο και 12ο αιώνα, ενώ το σύνολο του σημερινού ορατού διακόσμου χρονολογείται στο 1743. - See more at: http://www.florina.gr/el/%CE%A0%CE%BF%CE%BB%CE%B9%CF%84%CE%B9%CF%83%CE%BC%CF%8C%CF%82/%CE%9C%CE%BD%CE%B7%CE%BC%CE%B5%CE%AF%CE%B1#sthash.flljf6Kc.dpuf

The church of St Germain , in the namesake community , dedicated to Saint Germain, Patriarch of Constantinople which according to local tradition, died and was buried in the temple .It is a registered crusiform church with a dome  , which founded few years ago in 1006 .It preserves parts of wall paintings dating to the 11th and 12th century , all of today's visible decoration dating to 1743.The dome rests on four pillars instead of columns , as is most common.The shape of the cross is evident in the upper structure , both domestic and abroad.The dome  , with peculiar bezel is shaped like a square with rounded angles.East the church ends in three semi-circular niches.The nartex , equal width with the church is covered with a semicircular arch , interrupted in the center by another , transverse and taller.Today one can not enjoy the fine masorny of the exterior surfaces of the church , as seen in old photos before coated with plaster.However it is obvious that the proportions of the monument are structured and the scale is human.

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Holy Trinity in Pisoderi 

The monastery of Holy Trinity (Agia Triada) In Pisoderi was built in year 1050 when emperor of the Byzantine empire was Constantine IX the selected gladiator.To date this is the irrefutable proof so far the preserved stone slab that is fitted in the outdoor alcove above the western tail of the church.The monastery was renovated and aquired the current basil form wih dome between 1600-1650 that were common then , as well as the mentioned plate in which the date is written in numbers and not by letters as it was established by then.These are ascertained in the minor repairs took place six years ago , in which verified that the wooden friezes of the buiding is pulverized and that the original building was built with bricks Byzantine type fragments of which were found in embakments on the north side , along with a stone sinker(for vertical weighings). 

Around the Holy Trinity there are various legends and historical events , legends and historical events , legends and events interwine and through oral speech pass from generation to generation to the Pisoderits moving the maypole of tradition.

  • In the imagination of Pisodeits the Holy Trinity , presented as a woman who protected in any case her sanctuary
  • Wirst hen a bear devoured one of the oxen of the monastery , Saint forced the bear to be coupled with anothwe ox in the yoke and plow the field.
  • In a centurian beech , which was just bellow the entrance of the monastery , it was found the image of the Holy Trinity by a sheoherd , who brought her to church , but she returned to the beech two-three times and so Pisodeirites (people that live in Pisoderi) they had to build the monastery there.
  • A French soldier during the First World War , attempted to cut the specific beech instead of beech cut his leg. 

Here it was founded by seven new partners patriots the assosiation of friends in 1867.Here they found refuge , rest and safety the heroes of the Macedonian Struggle.In honor and remebrance of all this , each familly was making its own (lodgings) and there undoing members at each visit and especially on the eve of the celebration of the Holy Trinity.

Phophet Elias in Lechovo

Built of 1911on the homonym hill (1017 m)

Here is performing  the summer village festival.The filted plate of the erection of the temple indicat the date on 8 May 1919.It was before a small chapel a few ruins preserved today.

 

Saint Paraskevi in Pioderi 

The Sainr Paraskevi is a very old church.Unknown when it was built , but was repaired in 1848.The oldest date found in pictures of the churciful h is 1730 , is written in the lower left half of the woodcut Beautiful gate with tacoma dedication.Probably the beautiful gate belonged to an older church and placed to the new.

The Saint Paraskevi is an three-aisled Basil.Outside the appearance is simple with the bell tower built in 1902 by Archimandrite Modestos.The bell tower is made by stone with elaborate building and the structure is triparite in height , it Is impressive and dominates the surroundings.The Interior with many agiographs in the templon.Impressive is the pupit and the bishop's throne.It is  made of wood and have attributed with ornate woodworkThe nave internal is elevated anc arched.Above th columns there are Saint frescoes.

The  temple is made by stone and ncoated externally , the appearance is simple.Northwest of the temple is an imposing bell tower that was built in 1906 by Archimandrite Modestos.The bell tower is made by stone witha elaborate building and the structure is tripartite height.The bell tower is imposing and dominates the surrounding area.Must be noted that other entrance was for the men and different entrance for women .The entrance for men was from the northern part of the temple and for the women from the western part of the temple.In the chappel of Saint Charalambos , located in the church of Saint Paraskevi ,  remained for three years the head of Pavlos Melas leader of the fighters of the Macedonian strugle.  

Saint Panteleimon

It was built by the Home Builders Association in 1978 in honor of their protector.In a most high place is the church of Saint that built in 1903 by the National Comittee of Lehovou for serving Greek guerrilla bodies.It was the best-known lair of the Macedonian struggle in the region.

This is the church of St Panteleimon , the patron protector of the homonym of the city Florina of which took the name of the homonym hill and the suburban forest.In the chapelof St Pantelemon according to the reports upon TurkAlbanian occupation of the town the Cristians made the first trips because of the nearby distance from the houses of the historical center in Varosi(in Sunday in the mountain Dimitrios Mekasi) The hill from that time until postwar was "naked" from trees.In the anaglyph according to old photographs and a painting was full of steep ravines ,vine-fields ,mountainous farmlands stripped from trees.Entering the small church dominates the old hagiographies of St.Panteleimon.One of the two paths asphalted until the gate and the other remains as it was and leading to the holy water. 

Hermitage of Holy Virgin the Merciful 

ένα από τα πλέον ενδιαφέροντα και μοναδικά στοιχεία της περιοχής είναι οι βραχογραφίες και τα ασκηταριά στις απότομες όχθες της Μεγάλης Πρέσπας, σημάδια της έντονης παρουσίας μικρών μοναστικών κοινοτήτων και αναχωρητών. Η Παναγία η Ελεούσα (1373) και η Παναγία η Βλαχερνίτισσα (1455/6) αποτελούν τα πιο χαρακτηριστικά δείγματα βραχογραφιών, τις οποίες μπορεί κανείς να δει μέσα από τη βάρκα στον μικρό κόλπο των Ψαράδων.

Ακόμα πιο εντυπωσιακά είναι τα τρία καλύτερα σωζόμενα ασκηταριά στον απότομο βράχο που υψώνεται πάνω από την όχθη της λίμνης. Το πρώτο από τα δύο που συναντά ο επισκέπτης στην περιήγησή του με βάρκα είναι το ασκηταριό της Μεταμόρφωσης (13ος αι.), από το οποίο σώζονται η μικρή μονόχωρη καμαροσκέπαστη εκκλησία και ορισμένα ίχνη από τα κελιά των μοναχών. Στη συνέχεια, μπορεί κανείς να δει τα ερείπια του ασκηταριού της Μικρής Ανάληψης (15ος αι.), από το οποίο σώζονται κάποια στοιχεία τοιχογραφιών της κόγχης του ιερού.

Το πληρέστερα σωζόμενο είναι το ασκηταριό της Παναγίας Ελεούσας (αρχές 15ου αι.), το οποίο βρίσκεται σε μια σπηλιά με σχετικά μεγάλο άνοιγμα. Ο μικρός μονόχωρος ναός με ημιεξαγωνική κόγχη είναι κατάκοσμος με τοιχογραφίες, με χαρακτηριστικότερη αυτήν της Παναγίας της Βρεφοκρατούσας στο τόξο πάνω από την είσοδο. Η επιγραφή πάνω από τη μικρή πόρτα μας πληροφορεί για τους μοναχούς - κτήτορες του ναού, τον άρχοντα της περιοχή Βουλκασινό και την ακριβή ημερομηνία οικοδόμησης (1409/10).

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One of the most interesting and unique features of the area are the rock paintings and hermitages on the steep shores of Prespa , marks the strong presence of small monastic communities and hermits.The virgin Eleousa(Merciful) (1373) and the virgin "Blachernitissa" (1455/6) are the most typical examples of rocks paintings , which can be seen through the boat in the small bay of Fishermen .

Even more impressive are the three best preserved hermitages in the cliff that rises above the lakeshore.The first of the two two that meets the visitor in his tour by boat is the hermitage of the Transfiguration(13th C) .From which survived the small roomed vaulted church and some traces of the monk's cells.Then one can see the ruins of little Ascension (15th C) from the sanctuary, which some elements are preserved frescoes of the apse of the  sanctuary.

The best preserved is te hermitage of the Virgin Eleousa (early 15th C) .Located in a cave with a relatively large opening.The small -nave church with a semi-hexagonal apse is bejeweled with frescoes, the most characteristic of the Mary holding the baby inthe arch over the entrance.The inscription above the little door informs up for monk-founders of the church the prince of Voulkasino area and the exact date of construction(1409-1410).

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