MOLIVDOSKEPASTI MONASTERY-KONITSA

Trip Start May 25, 2009
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Trip End Sep 30, 2009


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Tuesday, August 11, 2009



THE MONASTERY OF MOLIVDOSKEPASTI



Molivdoskepasti village is about 15 km away from Konitsa.

250m from the Greek-Albanian borders, next to the quiet Aoos, the monastery of Molivdoskepasti imposes its lively presence. Today Molivdoskepasti is a peaceful and beautiful border village, that history has left its own tracks.

It is an active monastery owes its name to the lead roof which has now been replaced by slates. (Molivdos means lead)



The history of the monastery goes back in the early Middle Ages. According to tradition, its founder was the Byzantine emperor Constantine from Pogoni and based on an inscription in the interior of its nave, it dates back to the 7th century. 



The construction of the nave itself uncovers at least 3 phases: the small three-cornered space with the dome (11th century) the cross-roofed hall from the 14th century, and finally the open narthex which is separated from the main church by a wooden door carved with representations from the Bible, an exquisite symbol of local art.



The stone remnants from the 14th centrury onwards.  The hagiographies are from the 16th century. 



The monks there were very busy cleaning and preparing the Monastery for the big day – the 15th of August which is a Great Religious Day for all Christians.

Many women from the village, but also from other places were busy also, helping the monks there.

We were offered (lukumia) delights and cold water.

A plastic bag full of freshly cut tomatos were given to the driver of the coach by a monk, for any one of us who wished to have one.











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littlekate
littlekate on

Wow!
Very beautiful and very ancient. You would not find anything so old in Russia. The icon of Virgin Mary looks absolutely the same as the icons in our churches - so similar, even grapes in the casings ornaments is very typical for Russia - borrowed from Greece, I think, together with the belief. Only the candle supporters are never cleaned by heat. Here they spread some oil on them, so the wax would not stick to them.

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