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The Monastery Of Archangel Michael

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Convent of the Archangel Michael situated in the city of Berovo. This is the only monastery in Macedonia, where preserved mosaics. Reliable historical data about the time of the start of construction of the Church and monastery there.

Its basis is a legend. In the early nineteenth century, Berovo was a village in which there were about 200 houses and only one small and old Church. That's why the locals decided to build a new temple in the place which was called the Tomb. The parish priest of pop PECO besought the ruler of these places the building permit. He did not refuse, but made a number of almost impossible conditions is true: the Church was to be built in 40 days below the road level, so it's not seen arriving in the village, and the pop PECO had to give his youngest daughter to the harem. The congregation built a Church over a specified period of time. To the temple was less noticeable, its main front was smeared in soot and lime. The Governor, after learning about the conditions became angry and ordered the execution of three priests right in front of the new Church. Booty PECO put in prison, and his daughter fled. Three years later the Sultan returned to the village when he learned that the inhabitants had killed the Governor.

The first monastery in Berovo was laid in 20 years (about 1840,) after the construction of a local Church which became a monastery. The first nuns in the Abbey was a daughter and a daughter-in-law the priest Risto, a son-in-law of the legendary pop PECO. Their home was blessed by the Abbot of the Rila monastery. In the first half of the XX century there were about 60 nuns. The monastery worked as a theological school and a weaving workshop.

The monastery of Archangel Michael, his resident never left not once since its inception.

Collegiate Church of St. Michael the Archangel was built in the years 1815-1818. From the original iconostasis there is only one icon depicting the Holy prophet Noah, written by George Vilanova in 1818.