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Church of St Mary

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S1228WQdavidm wrote a review Apr. 2019
London, United Kingdom125 contributions20 helpful votes
Spent some time here as part of a group tour with an ancient history expert enabling us to understand what we were looking at. It was also of interest because Skanderbeg was married nhere.
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Date of experience: March 2019
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springbank wrote a review Nov. 2018
Greve, Denmark3,623 contributions2,487 helpful votes
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The church is a lovely stone and brick building with a terracotta roof with a dome and a separate bell tower which was built later. The church, built between 1250-1270 upon the remains of an older church. The St Mary Church which is the part of the Orthodox Ardenica Monastery and its wonderful frescoes and icons painted by Zografi Brothers was built on the nearby hill overlooking the neighboring plains. This is the place where Scanderbeg married his beloved Andronike in 1451. The surrounding monastic complex, defensive wall and bell tower, date from various points in the history of the monastry, from the 13th to the 20th century. The cells of the monks were located in the north and west sides; on the southern side is the bell tower, reconstructed at the beginning of the 20th century; the east side is closed by a defensive wall, and the remainder of the west side contains the refectory (or monk’s dining hall) and the toilets. The refectory is a long triconch shape and dates to the early years of the 14th century. It is said to boasts some of the most complete medieval frescoes surviving in Albania. Take your time to visit the Archaeological Museum located inside the monastery. The museum contains many archaeological treasures found during excavations and expeditions in the area. You can visit first floor rooms along the monastery walls, six separate halls dedicated to the exhibition of prehistoric to Roman-era including baked clay pottery items, ceramics, vessels decorated with Hellenic mythological images, and a rich numismatic collection. Outside six a kind of statue-lined portico, large marble statues - and with a beautiful panoramas view.
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Date of experience: October 2018
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lakelover908 wrote a review Oct. 2018
Kendal, United Kingdom978 contributions257 helpful votes
The grounds and buildings around the monastery are very picturesque. There is an impressive pulpit inside together with the many icons. You cannot photograph inside but you can photo the surrounding area.
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Date of experience: October 2018
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vitorbabrazil wrote a review Jul. 2018
Salvador, BA7,053 contributions3,278 helpful votes
In the premises of the church, one find a sequence of marble statues displays as an exhibit, all of them found during the excavation around what now is called Apollonia. Make sure to visit the archeologic museum on the top floor, a proof of how ahead-of-time Romans were centuries ago!
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Date of experience: July 2018
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airport2015 wrote a review Jul. 2018
Tel Aviv District, Israel974 contributions266 helpful votes
Orthodox monastery on the site of Apolonia,An example of monastery life combined with plenty of antiquites
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Date of experience: July 2018
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