Staro-Nagoricane and Lesnovo
St. George Staro-Nagoricane
This morning, we visited two important monastery churches. First, we drove an hour from Skopje to the 14th century monastery church of St. George at Staro-Nagoricane. Staro means "old" and Nagoricane (Na-gore-EE-chan-ae) means "burning." This monastery contains the second-largest complex of medieval frescoes in the world (the first largest is at Decani, which I'll visit on Sunday, God-willing).
This masterpiece of Christian art was built in the early 14th century by King Milutin and frescoed by his court painters Evtychiye (Eutyches) and Michael Astrapas. It was built on an older basilica church as this had already been a monastic site for centuries. First, we visited an 11th century hermitage cell of the saint who founded the monastery.