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St. George church – Staro Nagoričane

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Saint George church

The church of St. George in the village of Staro Nagoričane was built on the remains of an older temple, which according to one legend was built by the Byzantine emperor Romanos IV Diogenes (Roman IV Diogen) (1067-1071).

St. George church - Staro Nagorichane - frontal viewFrom the inscribed inscription above the western gate of the church, it can be seen that today’s church was restored by the Serbian king Stefan II Milutin in 1313.

Monastery celebration – May 6 – St. George’s Day (Ѓурѓовден)

Church St. George is a three-nave, five-dome structure in the form of an inscribed cross with an extension towards the east and west.

Interior - St. George church - Staro Nagorichane The fresco painting of the church was made in 1317/18, and it is preserved in good condition until today.

Interior - St. George church - Staro Nagorichane The names of the painters, Evtihie (Евтихие) and Mihailo (Михаило) can be seen on the southwestern pillar and on the north wall, in the middle of the church. They are also authors of the fresco painting of the Ohrid church Holy Mary Perybleptos (St. Clement) and the monastery St. Nikita in Skopska Crna Gora.

Interior - St. George church - Staro Nagorichane A special rarity is the iconostasis made of stone pillars, ornamented architrave and parapet plates. To the left and right of the royal doors, St. George, the patron of the church and Holy Mary Pelagonitisa (Богородица Пелагонитиса) are painted.

Interesting: In the southwest wall of the monastery church after the Battle of Velbuzd, upon the order of King Milutin, Bulgarian Emperor Mihailo III Shishman (1322-1330) was buried.

The legend of the deer

According to the legend, Roman Diogen, while hunting in the surrounding forests, wounded a deer, which fled to the cave where it lived with the hermit and saint – Prohor Pcinjski. Prohor Pcinjski asked Diogen not to kill the deer, and when he obeyed, he prophesied that when he returned to Constantinople he would become a Byzantine king. After the prophecy became true, Roman Diogen, in appreciation, erected the church of St. George.

The cave in which stayed Prohor Pcinjski

What to visit nearby

How to get there – location

The church St. george is located in the center of Staro Nagoričane village. To the church leads asphalt road.

Photo gallery – part 1

St. George church - Staro Nagorichane - frontal view
St. George church - Staro Nagorichane built in year 1313
St. George church - Staro Nagorichane built in year 1313
Entrance - St. George church - Staro Nagorichane
Interior - St. George church - Staro Nagorichane
Interior - St. George church - Staro Nagorichane
Interior - St. George church - Staro Nagorichane
Altar - St. Mary (right) and St. George (left)

Photo gallery – part 2

Interior - St. George church - Staro Nagorichane
Interior - St. George church - Staro Nagorichane
St. George church - Staro Nagorichane
St. George church - Staro Nagorichane
St. George church - Staro Nagorichane
St. George church - Staro Nagorichane
St. George church - Staro Nagorichane
St. George church - Staro Nagorichane
St. George church - Staro Nagorichane
St. George church - Staro Nagorichane