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Lesnovo monastery - Saint Gavril Lesnovski

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The monastery of Lesnovo is located at the beginning of the village Lesnovo, near Zletovo and Probistip – in the North part of Macedonia. Its temple is dedicated to the archangels Michael and Gabriel, but also to the local Saint Gavriil Lesnovski. It is an important spiritual i literacy center in Macedonia preserved the tradition from ten century. As a big spiritual center it hosted many events from the church history in Macedonia, at the same time distinguish oneself by the monastic life, serving to God, the church-ruling organization, lecture notes activity and the cultural issues in general.

Exploring through the historical documents we can not find the facts about precise determination for the date of the monastery building. In legends and in literacy sources its existing is related to the time of St Gavriil Lesnovski activities. According to the saved parts of the short and the largest version of the Gavriil’s script there are two different views for the establishment of the monastery. In the short version which is an older one, is announced that the monastery was grounded by Gavriil himself, and by that he was its first founder. The other, longer version of the script claims that the monastery already existed when Gavriil became monk and got blessing from the abbot to leave on hermitage in Zletovos Mountains. We believe that the older version is more relevant, because the one who was created later had influence from the legends and from many historical and church-ruling interests. According to that, we claim that The Lesnovo monastery was build at the time when Gavriil became monk (first half of the 11th century) or at a certain time after his death through the process of the moving of his bones (second half of the same century). Thirty years after his death his bones were discovered and the monastery was build or upgraded in his honor. The church solemnest have kept the cult of the saint, because the sympathy and the popularity toward him at the same time were protection to the monastery cult. In its early existence the monastery was independent and not functioning under other monastery center. But soon it became big spiritual center with many monks, and till 14th century was flexible for every spiritual or political condition that was created with the invaders of Macedonia. In the saved script from 1330 in Lesnovo prolog written by Stanislav Lesnovski (Belgrade, SANU No.53) is mention the monastery dedicated to St.Archangels and was assumed that there was the grave of the Saint Gavriil. There was monkshood with abbot Teodosij as a leader and according to his request Stanislav has rewritten the Prolog with the shorter script for St Gavriil Lesnovski. That is taken as evidence that in 1330 the monastery of Lesnovo existed in the architecture model as its first-build construction and was important spiritual and literary center.

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Comments (197)

Szczepan Patoła on December 1, 2012

Very beautiful picture.Stif

Ágnes Loszmann on December 8, 2012

Wonderful church, very good composition. Like/138 Greetings, Ágnes

Mel Figueroa on December 17, 2012

Feliz Navidad y Año Nuevo; en compañia de tus seres queridos con mucha, salud alegría, paz, amor, y mucha felicidad, son los deseos de Mel Figueroa

  • excelente imagen, bién hecha

L 139

K. H. Johansen on December 20, 2012

Der er så flot. Glædelig jul og godt nytår ønskes du og din familie. Mange hilsner fra Danmark Kurt

Emil.S on December 22, 2012

Thanks you, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2013

kind regards, Emil

Bayram azaklıoğlu on December 22, 2012

nice architecture and photo!

greetings from İstanbul,Bayram

Another YS from me!

Best regards and a happy new year

Stig =)

Emil.S on December 24, 2012

Thanks you, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2013

kind regards, Emil

Emil.S on December 24, 2012

Thanks you, Happy New Year 2013

kind regards, Emil

Valerio Manassero on December 30, 2012

Beautiful photo! Like! I wish you a happy new year 2013! Greetings from Italy!

poludziber on January 10, 2013

bellissima composizione, like......ciao, Flavio

zanot10 - NO VIEWS on January 26, 2013

Very good photo! LIKE!

Best regards Z.

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sandart on March 25, 2013

Прекрасна снимка! LIKE

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Hans_Pano Yes ! on April 12, 2013

Thank you for showing, thank you for explanation !L! Kind regards, Hans

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Lindo templo

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