Voskopoje Travel Guide

  • Kisha Shën Nikola
    Kisha Shën Nikola
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  • Kisha “Fjetja e Shën Marisë”, a few paintings
    Kisha “Fjetja e Shën Marisë”, a few...
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Voskopoje Things to Do

  • Kisha e Kryeengjëjve Mihal dhe Gabriel

    I do not usually report on VT about something I have not seen but there is no map of Moskopojë (or at least I did not found any) and this report might help other travellers not to miss Kisha e Kryeengjëjve Mihal dhe GabrielHere is the transcript of the post standing on the main square of Voskopojë :Kisha e Kryeengjëjve Mihal dhe Gabriel (Church of...

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  • Kisha e Profet Ilias

    I do not usually report on VT about something I have not seen but there is no map of Moskopojë (or at least I did not found any) and this report might help other travellers not to miss Kisha e Profet iIias.Here is the transcript of the post standing on the main square of Voskopojë.Kisha e Profet Ilias (Church of Prophet Elias) is built in 1751 near...

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  • Kisha Shën Nikola

    Kisha Shën Nikola, better known as Kisha Shën Kolli (Church of St. Nicholas) stands almost in the center of Voskopojë, connected to the main square by Rruga Shën Kolli (St Nicholas street). Same as Shën Marisë, the bell-tower is separated from the church itself and the entrance is through the basement of the tower. But, unlike Shën Marisë, it was...

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  • The door is locked

    On the wooden door, a post says : “Kisha e Shën Marisë Monument Kulture mbrohet nga shtet”, which means that it is a state protected cultural monument. I guess it is no more used as a church but has not been yet organized for visits. Too bad ! May be it is possible on appointment. I must enquire.Here is the transcript of the post standing on the...

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  • Manastiri I Shën Joan Pararendësit, the...

    Photo 1 : the church is small and is undergoing repairs. We could visit the inside and admire the numerous paintings but could not take any photography.Photo 2 is a close up on the side of the churchPhoto 3 shows a building standing in the inner yard, in front of the entrance of the church. It is in good condition and seems to be used. It bears a...

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  • Kisha e Shën Athanasit

    Kisha e Shën Athanasit stands not far from Kisha Shën Premtës, on another hill, on the other side of the gully.Photo 1 shows a general view of the hillPhoto 2 shows Kisha Shën Premtës standing above the city cemeteryPhotos 3 and 4 are close ups on the rear of Kisha Shën PremtësWe tried to reach Kisha Shën Premtës,but, from where we were, we had to...

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  • Kisha Shën Nikola, the paintings inside...

    However, when I look at my photos of the chairs, I discovered that I had, by pure chance a few bits of the paintings. Here they are !Photo 1 shows a superbly painted man clad in an embroidered costume.Photo 2 shows a warrior with a long swordPhoto 3 shows two priestsPhoto 4 shows another warrior with the same long swordPhoto 5 possibly shows a...

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  • Kisha Shën Nikola, the three chairs

    Amazingly, Kisha Shën Nikola has three chairs, each of them delicatly carved and painted with gold and other colors. As soon as I had photographed the chairs, their arrived a pope that, as expected made signs meaning that photos were not allowed and he showed the wall with magnificent paintings. They were of the same style than the one outside but...

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  • Kisha Shën Nikola, the iconostasis

    The church was open , there was nobody inside and no sign said that it was forbidden to photograph. However, I felt that if someone came in, I might be told not to photograph anymore. Thus, I hurried to take as many shots as possible, beginning with the iconostasis.

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  • Kisha Shën Nikola, paintings in the...

    Many paintings in the gallery are heavily damaged but nevertheless most of them are still readable. Let us hope that in a near future, they will be restored in the same way than the paintings in Shën Athanasit.For those that are interested in these paintings, I have made enlargements in two travelogues

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  • Kisha Shën Nikola, the inside of the...

    photo 1 shows the inside of the gallery. Paintings can be seen on the left wall.Photo 2 shows the entrance into the churchPhoto 3 is an enlargement that shows the paintings on top pf the entrance, whith St Nicholas in the middle, better seen on photo 4.Photo 5 shows two saints standing on the right of the entrance.

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  • Kisha Shën Nikola, the gallery from the...

    In the yard, on the right, the vaulted gallery extends on the whole length of the churchPhoto 1 and 2 show the whole gallery with its seven pillarsPhoto 3 shows the gallery with the bell-tower in the background.Photos 4 and 5 show the nice arrangement of the bricks on top of each vault.

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  • Kisha “Fjetja e Shën Marisë”, the apse

    While the walls are built with stones, the upper part of the apse is built using bricks in various shapes and colors.Photos 1 and 2 show the apsePhotos 3, 4 and 5 show details of the arrangement of the bricks.

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  • Kisha “Fjetja e Shën Marisë”, remains of...

    As is said on the official signpost, the nartex is entirely ruined and there remains only its print on the western wall. The windows are set with a wire netting but the glass seems to be missing. Ltet us hope that in the near future it will be possible to restore this church too.

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  • Kisha “Fjetja e Shën Marisë”, a few...

    As it was not possible to the paintings inside the church, here is a glimpse on the outer paintings.Photo 1 : the paintings on the left are very damagedPhoto 2 :at the extremity, there is a virgin with child framed by angels

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  • Kisha “Fjetja e Shën Marisë” , the...

    The main body of the church is a long and rather low building covered with slates. It has six vaults but contrary to no covered gallery like Shën Kolli. At the extremity a small square part covered by a roof held by scaffoldings and as it seemed that there were paintings on the walls, I made an enlargement (next tip)

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  • Kisha katedrale “Fjetja e Shën Marisë”,...

    Kisha “Fjetja e Shën Marisë” belongs to the type of church where the bell tower is detached from the church itself. The church is inside a yard framed by a . The bell tower is included in the wall and the entrance into the yard passes through the gate of the tower.

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  • Kisha katedrale “Fjetja e Shën Marisë”

    After we had visited the Monastery, we came back to the city to visit the largest church in Vosokopojë, seen here from some distance, Kisha katedrale “Fjetja e Shën Marisë” (Church- Cathedral” Dormition of the Virgin”

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  • Manastiri I Shën Joan Pararendësit, main...

    The main building stands 200 meters after the entrance, It is a long building where the monks lived but it is not open for visits as it is not in very good condition, In the middle, a vaulted entrance allows to enter into the inner yard

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  • Manastiri I Shën Joan Pararendësit

    The entrance into the complex of Manastiri I Shën Joan Pararendësit (the Monastery St Jean Prodhromit) is set by a beautiful wrought iron door that is not locked. A post tells that it is forbidden to take photos and to film but this applies only to the inside of the church.

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  • Walk to the Monastery

    The road that passes in front of Kisha Shën Premtës leads to the Monatery, about 2 kilometers further. It is shaded by old trees and passes along green meadow , a pond with plenty of frogs singing. It is a very pleasant walk and an easy one, as it does not climb too much.

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  • Icons in Kisha Shën Premtës

    That was a Sunday, the church was open but there was nobody inside nor around and we were able to take as many photos as we wanted.photo 1 shows a general view of the churchphoto 2 is a close-up on the right part of the iconostasis and photo 3 on the left partphoto 4 is a painting and a gift by a (most likely) Vlach-American artist that signed...

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  • Kisha Shën Premtës

    Kisha Shën Premtës (Church of Good Friday) stands on the side of the road ; I have been unable to find any information on it. It is actually more a large chapel than a church.On the side the following inscription is carved :Kisha Shen Premtes e para ne Voskopoje e vitit 1378 rindertuar familja Llazi Miti Lera.I do not feel that this means that it...

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  • Old stone bridge

    The paved road passed on a stone bridge with three arches. The bridge does not seem to be very old. It might have been built when Voskopojë was at its peek of wealth, in the XVIIIth. It has no sides and it is up to the traveler to pay attention !

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Voskopoje Restaurants

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    by JLBG Updated Jun 16, 2011

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    Taverna Mishel is a few kilometers away from Voskopojë, on the way back to Korcë. The tables are scattered under small roofs in a green meadow. The place is quiet and pleasant, the owners very welcoming

    Favorite Dish: See next tip (not enough space for the photos)

    Taverna Mishel Taverna Mishel Taverna Mishel Taverna Mishel Fresh fish !
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Voskopoje Local Customs

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    by JLBG Updated Jun 16, 2011

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    In 2010, there was a great Arman (Vlach/Aromanian name themselves Arman) gathering in Voskopojë/Moscopole and in Korcë/Corcea. There are almost 500.000 Armans in the Balkans.

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    Moscopole 2010 : In order to commemorate and relive the experience of the past of Moscopole (222 years since the city was entirely distroyed by Ali Pasha in 1788) on the 15th of August we will celebrate at the biggest arman reunion, where armans from Albania, Macedonia, Greece, Bulgaria, Serbia and Romania will join

    If you use the key words Moscopole 2010, you will find plenty of information on that gathering and plenty of good dance and music from the gathering. Here are a few links.

    Great Arman gathering, 12-15 August 2010

    Boatsea fãrshãroteascã

    Eli Fara

    Eli Fara

    and much more

    I do not know if this will take place in 2011.

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Voskopoje Off The Beaten Path

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    by JLBG Written Jun 15, 2011

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    It is not a real surprise to see a procession going out of a monastery, but if it is a caterpillar procession, beware ! The nests of Pine Processionary caterpillars (Thaumetopoea pityocampa) are often seen standing in pines but luckily they go out only when they are soon going to turn into butterflies. Their hair is strongly stinging, can harm people and can be deadly for dogs. So, beware !

    Pine Processionary caterpillar Pine Processionary caterpillar
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Voskopoje Favorites

  • Summer house ?

    Besides the large house shown on a previous tip, most other houses are much smaller; There is a fair number of houses that have been built in the past few years. Some are permanently inhabited, others seem to be owned by citizens that make their living in some large city, for example in Korcë, in Tiranë or in Salonique.

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  • Fountain, Rruga Shën Kolli

    This nice fountain flows on the side of the main square, on Rruga Shën Kolli (Saint Nicholas street). Voskopojë is wat ered by several streams and there is plenty of water. This is one reason why the city was able to grow in the XVIIIth.Rruga Shën Kolli leads to … Kisha Shën Kolli ! Not a surprise !

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  • Outstanding new house

    This outstanding new house stands in the middle of the village, in front of the main square. It has been built in the local style and is not yet completely finished. It is so large that my wild guess is that it might be designed for a hotel.

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