Ancient monastery reconsecrated on island in North Macedonia

Pološko, Kavadarci, North Macedonia, May 17, 2023

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Several buildings at one of the Macedonian Orthodox Church-Ohrid Archbishopric’s oldest and most significant monasteries were reconsecrated on Sunday, May 14.

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Among the newly consecrated buildings of the St. George the Victorious Monastery in Pološko in the southern Kavadarci Municipality is the Church of St. George with its new altar table, new marble iconostasis, and new carved polyeleos (chandelier), reports the Diocese of Povardarie.

The consecration was celebrated by His Eminence Metropolitan Agatangel of Povardarie and clergy from the local deanery. Then the Divine Liturgy was celebrated, after which the monastery bell tower and new monastic housing-guest house were also blessed.

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Despite the relative inaccessibility of the monastery, the festive day was attended by believers from Povardarie and all over Macedonia. The monastery, which dates to the 14th century, was once positioned high above the left bank of the Cerna River, but the artificial Tikvesh Lake was created in the 1960s, leaving the monastery accessible only by water.

The reconstruction of the monastery took place over a period of several years, largely because materials could arrive only by boat and raft.

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