Veljusa Monastery is an active female monastery dedicated to St. Mary, located at altitude 400 meters above sea level, 8 km west of Strumica city. The monastery church was erected by the monk Manuel in 1080. Preserved to this day, the church is a great representative of the high achievements of the Byzantine sacral architecture in the Middle Ages.
The interior of the church was frescoed in three time periods, in 1085, 1164. and in the XIX century. Particularly interesting is the representation of Jesus Christ in the dome, where he is portrayed as a child of 12, which is a real rarity.
The “Macedonian Cross”, also known as the “Cross of Veljusa”, is a variation of the Christian cross, mainly connected with Macedonia and is a symbol of the Macedonian Orthodox Church. This cross is represented on the ecclesiastical coat of arms, which is filled with 33 representations of this cross.