St. Clement of Ohrid

The church Sv. Kliment Ohridski at Скопје, North Macedonia, has a special architecture: with its 36 meters wide cupola and round shapes it could be confused with a mosque. But once you get closer you see the richness in decoration and the icons typical for an orthodox Christian church. It was opened in 1990 (with construction works already starting in 1972) and is therefore a rather young church.

The church is dedicated to saint Clement of Ohrid, a scholar from Охрид who became an apostle to the Slavs. He was a follower of the famous saints Cyril and Methodius and the first bishop of the Bulgarian orthodox church. Born between 830 and 840 he died in 916 at Ohrid (Охрид) which was by that time part of the Bulgarian Empire. At the church I had the chance to observe a Macedonian orthodox wedding ceremony; a good chance to find out differences and commonalities.

Соборен храм Св. Климент Охридски
Скопје / Skopje
North Macedonia

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