Saint Pantelejmon, in the village of Gorno Nerezi, near Skopje.
Built 1164 year. The church is beautiful and it is worth the visit. During certain hours of the day there is also a guide there who can explain a thing or two. Interestingly enough, they perform weddings and christenings there.
The panoramic view of Skopje is gorgeous.
There is also a restaurant, a well-known one, for the location, not the food. In fact, I strongly suggest avoiding any dining in the restaurant because the food is total rubbish and it is really expensive. Even the coffee is horrible. It used to be known for the pie that they make, but... I can't really say what you are going to get.
However beautiful the church may be outside, it is important to visit it inside. The frescoes are an important sample of Comnenian Art. At the times of the Comneni dynasty of emperors (1085-1185) there was a revolution in Byzantine art: painters and mosaic artists stopped giving saints and the Virgin Mary a fixed expression of hieratic aloofness, and started depicting emotions on their faces. A good sample of this can be seen in the fresco of the Lamentation on the dead body of Jesus.
The church of St Panteleimon is not inside the city, but it is so beautiful to be considered a must, even if it requires a drive. It is not far, anyway, and the reward is not only the church itself, but also the beautiful view of the city you have from there.
The church is a beautiful sample of Byzantine architecture from the 12th century. It has the typical structure of the Greek churches, known as “crux quadrata”, or Greek cross, a cross with all its four arms of equal length.
Half-way up Mount Vodno, in the village of Gorni Nezeri, lies the Monastery of Pantelejmon, worth a short visit, especially if you don´t take a cab but walk up the mountain.
The present church is built on the foundations of an older church from 1164 AD.
There is also a restaurant and a hotel.
Up the 1,066 meters high Mount Vodno, to the southwest of Skopje, lies the small settlement of Gorno Nerezi. Reachable by car, Gorno Nerezi really is worth the journey, partly for the superb view of the city below.
The monastery has quite rightly cashed in on its notoriety and features a restaurant and small hotel as well.
Gorno Nerezi, is open 11:00-17:00, closed Monday.
Built in 1164 by Alexis Comnène (Aleksij Komnen), the grandson of Emperor Alexis the First. Surviving several earthquakes, the artwork inside St. Panteleimon Monastery is generally regarded as one of the three main examples of Byzantine art in the world.
Finding this site was quite a daunting but humerous task. Imagine if you will: A mini-van stuffed full of 3 Californians, 2 Mexicans, 2 crusty vietnam vets, and a local Albanian Macedonian driving the wrong way on a one way through the streets of Skopje...ouch. As soon as I found out that I would be in Macedonia I promply visited VT and found Malecka's page and hit print. Around lunch I advised the group that I knew of a historic location to grab lunch. The Local had a vague Idea of where the monastery was. It ended up with me holding the Malecka's printed page out the window asking anyone we could find where the monastery was. Due to the fact that I am blatantly American ( it seems that a very small percentage of people in the Balkans like Americans), we were sent on goose chase through the hills. We came upon the ruins of a castle that had a view that looked up to the monastery. Finally we were there. The frescos inside of the church were great, as was the view to Skopje. As warned by Malecka, the food was average and the pie was good.
Go and visit ! :)) It's worth .
The Monastery was built in 1164 during the reign of the Komnen Dynasty.
You'll be impressed by a unique gallery of icons from that period.
Very imortant !!!
Don't miss the restaurant with a nice view over Skopje and perfect food and brandy ;-)
Visit the church of 'Sveti Pantelejmon' (Saint Pantelejmon near Nerezi - Skopje.
This is a truly magnificent building, built in 1164 would you believe!! There is a restaurant here which offers some fab views of Skopje. Definitely not to be missed.