Sv. Jovan Bigorski



The monastery complex of St.Jovan Bigorski is nestled in exceptionally beautiful environment, in the valley of the river Radika in the proximity of Debar lake. The complex was built in the year 1021, whereas the monastery church dedicated to the decapitation of St. Jovan the Baptist, it was built in 1020 by Ivan I Debranin. The Ottomans destroyed the monastery in the 16th century. The monastery was restored in 1743 by the monk Ilarion, who also built several monk cells. Later, in the period from 1812 to 1825 the monastery was expanded by archimandrite Arsenius. Among the donors there is also a mention of a monk Iov, recognized by some researchers as the future educator Yoakim Karchovski.



One of the most valuable treasures of the monastery is the iconostasis created by Petre Filipovski Garkata from the nearby village of Gari. This iconostasis is considered as most beautiful and most valuable wood-carved iconostasis. Another valuable monastery treasure is an icon dating from 1020 with supposedly miraculous healing power.


Most of the old monastery complex was burnt down in 2009, while the new sections of the complex and church were saved. Reconstruction of the old palaces begun in May 2010 with the aim to reconstruct it as authentic as possible.

It is considered to have the most beautiful altar in the region. 

Miraculous icon of Holy Mary is the most popular icon in the monastery.



Sv. Jovan Bigorski


Sv. Jovan Bigorski Ralph Lauren Polo