St. Mary's Church, Maligrad

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Maligrad Cave Church
Native name
Albanian: Shpella e Maligradit
Prespa Lake National Maligrad Church.jpg
The church in the cave
Location Maligrad
Coordinates 40°47′31″N 20°55′54″E / 40.7920°N 20.9317°E / 40.7920; 20.9317Coordinates: 40°47′31″N 20°55′54″E / 40.7920°N 20.9317°E / 40.7920; 20.9317
Built 1369

The St. Mary's Church[1] or Virgin Mary's Church[2] (Albanian: Shpella e Maligradit) is an Eastern Orthodox cave church on the island of Maligrad, in the Albanian part of Lake Prespa. It is a Cultural Monument of Albania.[3] The church is dedicated to Saint Mary and was built by Serbian nobleman Kesar Novak (alb. Qesar Novaku[1]), in 1369.[2][4]

The church has frescoes and Greek inscriptions dated to 1369. Frescoes exist of the family of Novak, with his Greek wife Kalia.[2][5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Anamali, Skënder (2002). Historia e popullit shqiptar në katër vëllime (in Albanian). I. Botimet Toena. pp. 294–295. OCLC 52411919. 
  2. ^ a b c http://www.ni.rs/byzantium/doc/zbornik4/PDF-IV/Zure.pdf
  3. ^ "Religious buildings with the "Culture Monument" status". Republic of Albania National Committee for Cult. Retrieved October 28, 2010. 
  4. ^ Dr Vlad. R. Petković, Stari srpski spomenici u Južnoj Srbiji: "Na PRESPI kesar Novak podiže 1369. god. crkvu Bogorodici (na ostrvu Mali Grad)."
  5. ^ Ivan M. Đorđević, Zidno slikarstvo srpske vlastele u doba Nemanjica. OCLC 34957313, sl. 84 i 85