Monastery of Saint Naum

Monastery of Saint Naum

Monastery of Saint Naum
Monastery of Saint Naum above Lake Ohrid
Monastery of Saint Naum above Lake Ohrid
Monastery of Saint Naum is located in Republic of Macedonia
Location within Republic of Macedonia
Monastery information
Order Macedonian Orthodox
Established 905
Diocese Diocese of Debar and Kičevo
Founder(s) Saint Naum
Location Ohrid Municipality
Public access yes

The Monastery of Saint Naum (Macedonian: Манастир „Свети Наум“) is an Eastern Orthodox monastery in the Republic of Macedonia, named after the medieval Saint Naum who founded it.[1] It is situated along Lake Ohrid, 29 kilometres (18 mi) south of the city of Ohrid.

The Lake Ohrid area, including St Naum, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Macedonia.[2]


  • History 1
  • Gallery 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


The monastery was established in the Bulgarian Empire in 905 by St Naum of Ohrid himself. St Naum is also buried in the church.

Since the 16th century, a Greek school had functioned in the monastery.[3] The area where the monastery of St Naum (Albanian: Shën Naum[4]) lies belonged to Albania for a short period from 1912 until June 28, 1925, when Zog of Albania ceded it to Yugoslavia as a result of negotiations between Albania and Yugoslavia and as a gesture of goodwill.[5]



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  2. ^ Southeast European Times
  3. ^ Skendi, Stavro (1967). The Albanian national awakening, 1878-1912. Princeton University Press. p. 17. 
  4. ^ Elsie, Robert (2000). "The Christian Saints of Albania". Balkanistica13 (American Association for South Slavic Studies): 52. The cult of Saint Naum spread in the first half of the 18th century with the flourishing of Voskopoja KO as a center of Orthodox culture and with the rise of the Archdiocese of Achrida (Ohrid). His fame extended from here southwards to Mount Athos and northwards up to Vienna. His image is to be seen in the frescoes of the churches of Voskopoja, Shipska KO and Vithkuq KO. The Bektashi also went on pilgrimage to the monastery of Saint Naum, believing their holy man  
  5. ^ Pearson, Owen (2004). Albania and King Zog: independence, republic and monarchy 1908-1939. IB Tauris. p. 248. Retrieved 2010-05-30. 

External links

  • Virtual Panoramas of St. Naum in Ohrid
  • Saint Naum Photo Essay