The Submerged Church of Mavrovo, Macedonia

by Bojkovski

Mavrovo is a village and tourist resort in the mountainous region of western Macedonia. It is located in the Mavrovo and Rostuša municipality. The St Nicholas Church in Mavrovo was built in 1850. It was submerged in the local lake in 1953, but due to droughts in the 21st century it has largely appeared out of the lake.

The local people say that the saint and the God’s power do not allow for it to completely disappear in the depths of Mavrovo Lake. The phenomenon of its constant emerging from the waters is explained by them with the impossibility of covering and forgetting about a sacred place.
It was built by the Mavrovo people, who made it from fine processed stones. Its walls were fresco-painted by an unknown zograph. It was consecrated in the year 1853. But, by forming of the artificial lake and the dam, it was decided that it should be flooded. As its replacement, at only several meters from it, a build of a new monastery church dedicated to the same saint was initiated.

by Bojkovski

by Bojkovski

by Bojkovski

by Sanja Nikolic 

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2 Responses to The Submerged Church of Mavrovo, Macedonia

  1. Really fascinating post, I loved the description and the images!


  2. Chiara. says:

    Thank you! :3


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