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Church of St. George in Kurbinovo

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Church of St. George in Kurbinovo

About the site

Corridor: Via Egnatia
Country: FYR of Macedonia, Kurbinovo, Prespa
Type: Christian religious centre
Epoch: Middle Ages
Theme: Christian Monasteries
World Heritage:
Middle AgesChristian MonasteriesChristian religious centre

The church is situated 2 km. north of the village of Kurbinovo, in the vicinity of Prespa Lake. The frescoes of this small, one-nave building are among the most significant works of the Byzantine style of the 12th century. According to the inscription in the altar space the church was decorated in 1191 by at least three painters. Following the tendencies of the wall paintings of Nerezi (near Skopje), the painters of Kurbinovo insisted on the emphasized graphics’ performed with a waving line and by swirling the slim figures. Among the portraits of popular saints are the following: St. Cyril and Methodius (on the south wall in the altаr space), St. Clement of Ohrid (on the north wall) and St. Achilles of Larissa (in the altаr space).

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