Byzantine monastery in FYROM torched
|A blaze on Monday at the Treskavec monastery near Prilep burned down the monks' quarters - though firefighters and volunteers saved the church and its ancient frescoes [Credit: MIA]|
The whole of the Prilep firefighting brigade and three helicopters were sent to the site to extinguish the blaze. Some 200 volunteers from nearby villages responded to the authorities call for help.
The monastery is near the rocky hilltop called Zlatovrv, in a serene surrounding some ten kilometres from the central town of Prilep, affording a magnificent view of the Pelagonia valley. It is believed to date from the 12th and 13th century.
It is also home to an extensive collection of Byzantine frescoes, some considered masterpieces of Orthodox Christian art. It is frequently visited by believers and tourists.
The authorities promised swift reconstruction.
Following a visit, the Minister of culture, Elizabeta Kanceska Milevska, said she would report to the government about the tragedy and come up with an action plan for reconstruction.
Author: Jakov Marusic | Source: Balkan Insight [February 5, 2013]
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