Located in the northeastern part of the homonymous island of Lake Prespa.The church was founded from the Tsar Bulgarian Samuel the 983 or 986 A.C who after his victory against Byzantine and the occupation of Larissa , transports from there there relics of Saint Achilles in Prespa.Despite the repeated destruction and looting of the church the locals rebuid it and continue to use it as the main center of worship until the mid-15th century..
The church belongs to the type of aisle basilica with three naves , seperated by two pessaries-arrays , which each of them counts seven pillars.Interesting architectural element are the steps used in official ceremonies the senior priests , most of which have survived and samples from the oldest wall paintings depicting red eighteen arches still showing the seats of bishops who belonged to the Archdiocese Ohrid.Also from other layers of wall paintings have been preserved forms of military saints , the Virgin Mary and an angel , which date from the 11th and 12th century.
Interest presents the tombs of important persons are in the southern nave of the temple.In the south antennaof the diakonikon there is a tomb covered by anaglyph limestone slab , which according to tradition are kept the relics of Saint Achilles.Of the other four graves of the south aisle stands in which he found a silk fabric piece , depicting eagles in circles decorated with plant motifs.
Hermitages and rock paintings of Prespes
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