Church of St. Panteleimon
Church of St. Panteleimon
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  • Bruce
    San Jose, California6 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Historical Church with great views of Skopje
    The church is quite pretty and impressive that it's been there for nearly 900 years. The frescoes inside the church and the views from outside the church are worth the trip. We were given a short explanation about the history of the church and the frescoes by the attendant. He was also nice enough to call a taxi for us when our taxi app would not work. Note that the restaurant does not appear to be open any longer and there is no Wi-Fi service available.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written August 24, 2023
  • Coryy20
    Port of Spain, Trinidad6,373 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Simply beautiful
    Macedonia has many beautiful churches and this one is among them. It is architecturally gorgeous yet in a not pretentious way. I didn't enter the church but admired it every time I passed by. It is a definite must-see.
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled solo
    Written August 29, 2023
  • Harry R
    15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Lovely Combination of Church Art and Nature
    On the grounds of a Monastery, but open to the public. They are renovating and expanding the plaza and tourist shelters that surround it. The views are lovely in a relaxing atmosphere. The church's frescos are cited by some historians as evidence of naturalization in Orthodox church art long before Giotto in Catholic Italy. In any case, they are beautiful. Many people hike and bike on the mountain.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written September 13, 2023
  • jordanellie41
    Longridge, United Kingdom1,074 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    LOVELY QUAINT LITTLE CHURCH
    This is a quaint little church set in the village of Nerezi around 50 minutes drive outside of Skopje. It looks unused inside for masses due to it's size and has no pews or altar. The walls are adorned with fading frescos and there's a lovely central arch. Outside the church looks resplendent with it's terracotta coloured brickwork with many differing shapes and sizes making up it's small steeples and dome. It's set in a well kept little garden which has a veranda at the back giving lovely views of the city centre
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written December 2, 2023
  • Traveller162014
    Leeds, United Kingdom1,544 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful
    A really beautiful little church with some truly picturesque, peaceful surroundings. We saw a cow walk past before we went in. Inside, it's very quiet but still holds services occasionally for the Monks. There is a painting inside which is the first ever Renaissance painting because it shows emotions! First ever.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written April 6, 2024
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Traveller162014
Leeds, UK1,544 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
A really beautiful little church with some truly picturesque, peaceful surroundings. We saw a cow walk past before we went in. Inside, it's very quiet but still holds services occasionally for the Monks. There is a painting inside which is the first ever Renaissance painting because it shows emotions! First ever.
Written April 7, 2024
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Coryy20
Port of Spain, Trinidad6,373 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Solo
Macedonia has many beautiful churches and this one is among them. It is architecturally gorgeous yet in a not pretentious way. I didn't enter the church but admired it every time I passed by. It is a definite must-see.
Written August 29, 2023
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Ristana R
Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia69 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2015 • Friends
Great old represent of Byzantine Art from the 12 Century, located at the Monastery complex the the patron saint of physicians - St. Panteimon. The Renaissance origin -The dramatization of wall painting of Nerezi fresco master can be seen in the compositions Deposition from the Cross and Lamentation of Christ. These two scenes actually represent a novelty in Byzantine wall painting because of its dramatic realism.
15 minute drive from downtown Skopje near the tiny village of Gorno Nerezi high on the forested slopes of Mt. Vodno, this complex offers Macedonia’s capital city such serenity. Beautiful view of the Macedonian capital, during lunch or coffee break on the terrace of the restaurant. Awesome used time.
Written February 9, 2016
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Selenavenus
Skopje3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2014 • Friends
Saint Pantelejmon monastery Skopje ... The Saint Pantelejmon monastery church was erected by Alexis Comnenus in 1164, during the Byzantine rule of Macedonia which came under the Comnenus dynasty. The frescoes in the Saint Pantelejmon monastery date from the time of the construction of the church but there are others from the 15th, 16th, and 19th centuries.

In addition to its beautiful frescoes, the Saint Pantelejmon monastery at Nerezi had a marble iconostasis dating from the 12th century. The iconostasis didn't remain intact when the church was damaged although some fragments have survived. It was reconstructed in 1932.
The frescoes found in the Saint Pantelejmon monastery church make it one part of the most remarkable monuments in Macedonia. An important epoch in the history of this church was the period form 1923-1926, when the Russian savant prof. Nikola Okunjev succeeded in uncovering of the old 12th century frescoes in one part of the church. The conservation work which followed from 1954-1957 completed the removal of the late frescoes and the total exposure of the old. The Saint Pantelejmon monastery suffered damage during the 1963 earthquake in Skopje but it was soon repaired. The frescoes in Saint Pantelejmon have an important place not only in our medieval art but in that Byzantine painting of the time. The Nerezi artist, by his virtuosity in drawing and his rich color succeeded in painting a whole gallery of saints and figures. These frescoes represented a break with the contemporary painting because the painter didn't depict the saints in the customary representative-type manner but introduced figures from the real life. The frescoes in the Saint Pantelejmon monastery brought a big changes in the development of the Byzantine art and Macedonian in particular and gave a basis to suppose that local painters, though reared in the tradition of decorative Byzantine painting, could make brave steps even in the 12th and the 13th centuries towards a new art which was later, in the 14th and the 15th centuries known as Renaissance Art.
Written April 29, 2014
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Cora T
Hong Kong, China50 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
The church is small but considered for orthodox to be important to N. Macedonia. The frecos has its long history but seems to be fading out.
Written August 10, 2019
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Purobi
San Francisco654 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Couples
The entrance is not free. Please pay the little amount they charge (I think it is about 120 Macedonian currency per person). The guard often times is not there but please respect and put the amount on the counter.

The setting is beautiful, the frescoes are beautiful. We took the bus 28 from Skopje at 10:30 AM, got there at around 11:10 AM. The going back bus was supposed to come at 1:10 PM, the next bus was at 6:30 PM. It s Macedonia after all. The bus at 1:10 PM never showed up. After waiting for about an hour we called a taxi and for about 6 US$, 4 of us got back down to the city center. I went with my husband. The other two were random visitors.

The "village" is a tourist trap. The restaurant is fine but the new government dismantled everything and trying to put their own people to run the silver smith and other shops. It is disappointing.
Written October 24, 2018
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Filip
Bitola, Republic of North Macedonia56 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018
I have visited the complex a few times it is opposite the famous complex Macedonian village in Gorno Nerezi. The chruch is very old and unique but it is not something special because there a lot of similar churches in Macedonia. There are two roads that lead to the church one is from Vodno mountain but It cant be used. And the one mostly used it passes through some of Skopje`s settlements it is very narrow. There is a regular bus line which goes to the church from Skopje. It is bus line number 28. Macedonians recognize part of the complex from the famous TV series Makedonski narodni prikazni, part of the older episodes were filmed here.
Written October 6, 2018
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Dymond
London, UK25 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Business
Its quite out of the way but it is very pretty and the location is quite spectacular with some beautiful views.

There is a very typical Macedonian restaurant close by with decent service. Overall, it was a bit of a trot but one should see everything there is to see and to have lunch looking out over the wonderful vistas from this position was well worth while. It is what it is. Almost feels like there needs to be a rating between average and very good. It was more of the same food as you see virtually everywhere in Macedonia but with some fantastic views so it was very worth while taking the time to go up there.
Written January 9, 2015
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ZenHealer7
Asheville, NC2,251 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Solo
This place is special, not for the herds and hordes of camera toting Chinese. They can all flock to the Vatican hoping to click a picture of God there. For the rest of the ordinary folks like us, we can go to St Panteleimon here and St Clement in Ohrid and find Him all to our heart's content. He will not disappoint. This is a very modest place, architecturally insignificant, but packs a punch inside and around, perched high up on the mountain overlooking Skopje. It is on the other side from the Millennium Cross, and as far as I know there is no way to go from one to the other. But stay away from the hideous structure of the Cross, and spend that extra time inside here. It is sublime.
Written October 6, 2014
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pdwschmidt
Roseville, MN294 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2014 • Solo
This remains the most spectacular thing I have seen in Skopje, with only the view from Vodno a competitor (and Vodno is easier to access with public transportation and the cable car). The church is a fair ways from the city center. I walked very fast from the Taftalidze neighborhood (itself about 20 minutes from the center, in the direction of the church) but it took me 3 hours roundtrip. And of course, it is halfway up the mountain. Most people will simply have to take a cab or go as part of a half-day tour from the city. But it is worth it, especially if you haven't seen tons of great Byzantine churches already. The setting is lovely, with a restaurant in the grounds next to the church, and the inside is outstanding. If you do your reading beforehand (Wikipedia is actually a good place to start), you'll appreciate that the frescoes are artistically significant.
Written April 22, 2014
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