The Women's Monastery St Bogorodica (Holy Mother of God) is a few kilometers from Resen, near the village Jankovec.
According to the Bradt Guide Macedonia (2012) there is a group of nuns that does fresco painting and other crafts in the monastery. However, these fresco-painting nuns left the monastery already around 2003 if not earlier, so we were told by the only nun who remains in the Monastery.
Her name is Paraskeva (her Orthodox name) and she speaks excellent English. Our visit was a real pleasure as we were invited for coffee and a very tasty home-made cake.
There are two churches on the monastery grounds:
The old Church of Dormition of the Theotokos, which is the main monastery church consecrated in the 18th century.
The newer church is dedicated to St. Ignatius of Antioch and was not completely finished at the time of our visit.
In the garden of the Monastery there are also some animals and a very cute young kitten was trying to steal our attention whenever it could!
It is not possible to stay for the night in this monastery.
It is a beautiful French-style castle built in the beginning of the 20 century by Ahmed Nyazi Bey. The castle is known as the Versailles of Macedonia.
The locals told me that Ahmed Nyazi Bey built it to look like the postcard he got from France.
The Saraj today serves as an art gallery for the Prespa's Ceramic Colony. It also contains a public library and a local radio station.
Every year in August artists from all over the world attend the Ceramic Colony in Resen.
The colony was founded in 1973.
The ceramic pieces that are produced by the artists, are on display in Saraj.
It was funny to see that there were several Dutch artists as well, with their names spelled in Macedonian next to their pieces.
Entrance to the exposition was 50 denars, less than an euro (it only became clear that we had to pay entrance fee AFTER we were asked to come in and had visited the exposition).
You can buy a small ceramic souvenir as well if you want, but there was nothing we liked.
This interesting building was built from 1905-1922 by the Ottoman "bey", Ahmed Niyazi Bey.
The story goes that he received a postcard from Versailles (France) and wanted to have a house similar to the palace on the postcard.
Ahmed Niyazi Bey died in 1912 so he did not see the building when it was finished.
Saraj perhaps is the most famous sight to see in Resen.
It houses an international ceramics colony, a branch of the Museum of Macedonia in Skopje and a small but very nice exposition with paintings of the talented painter Keratza Visulceva.
According to Wikipedia there also is a library in the building but we did not see that.
In the building Saraj (palace) in Resen there is a small museum with for instance several findings from the now uninhabited island Golem Grad in Lake Prespa on display.
Most items are just standing in the corridors of the first floor of the building.
In the hallway there are two old wooden boats made from a tree.
I am not sure if there is more on display somewhere else in the building. They said there was not...
Entrance to the museum was free.
A very nice surprise for us in the Saraj building was the permanent exposition of the painter Keratza Visulceva (1910-2004).
Keratza Visulceva is a Bulgarian painter from Macedonian decent. During the Balkan wars her family moved to Bulgaria and she she graduated at the Sofia Fine Arts Academy.
By constantly repeating that she is Macedonian she got excluded from the Bulgarian Artists' Association.
The story goes that she drove past Saraj and liked it so much that she donated her paintings to be on display here.
Entrance to the exposition was free.
This little air-conditioned building is the tourist information / souvenir shop in Resen.
They could tell us there really isn't anything to do in Resen (which basically is true :-)
But they can give you information on the surrounding sights.
There are numerous replica's of statues and artifact for sale here as well.
The air-conditioning would be the main reason though to ask for help on a hot sunny Macedonian day!
This church is dedicated to St George.
It is likely from the 19th century, on one of the sites there is a sculpture in the wall with 7 people with black faces, a language that is not modern Macedonian and the year 1834.
Please let me know if you have more info about this church since I cannot find something online...
The Church of St Kiril and Methodi was closed when we wanted to visit it.
I don't know when it was built, please let me know if you have some additional information...
This mosque is near the center of the town of Resen.
A sign on the building says "Haci Ramadan, Beg Camisi, 1592 Yili"
open from mon-fri from 7 to 15 h
Located in the Niyazi Bey house
Has expositions of modern ceramics and paintings of Keraca Visulcheva