Classic Tour of Albania

Day 5 - Monastery Church of St Mary, Apollonia


A walled monastery dating from the C13th


On part of the site is the walled Orthodox Monastery Church of St Mary, dating from the C13th and which was restored in the C19th when the bell tower was built.

Monastery Church of St Mary at Apollonia, Albania

It is entered through a large gateway.

Monastery Church of St Mary at Apollonia, Albania

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.

Monastery Church of St Mary at Apollonia, Albania

Monastery Church of St Mary at
                Apollonia, Albania

Across the front of the church is a portico with beautifully carved capitals.

Monastery Church of St Mary at
                Apollonia, Albania

There is the remains of a C13th fresco in the porch and a lovely icon set in a decorative metal case.

Monastery Church of St Mary at Apollonia, Albania

Monastery Church of St Mary at
                Apollonia, Albania

Inside the church, the painted iconostasis dates from 1927 as the original one was burnt in World War One. High on the nave wall is another C13/14th fresco. The dome also has the remains of a C15th fresco.

Monastery Church of St Mary at Apollonia, Albania

Monastery Church of St Mary at
                Apollonia, Albania

There are more C15th frescoes on the walls of the refectory building where the monks had their meals. This dates from the C14th is one of the rooms in the side wall facing the church.

Monastery Church of St Mary at Apollonia, Albania

Monastery Church of St Mary at
                Apollonia, Albania  Monastery
                Church of St Mary at Apollonia, Albania

Monastery Church of St Mary at Apollonia,
                Albania

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