Category: Middle Ages

Small church in Albania

A Small Church Adorned with Frescoes Hidden Beneath Fig Trees on a Lonely Island in Albania

The rock where the Saint Mary church is situated is at a distance of some 150 metres from the Great Prespa lake in Albania. The church sits in the southeastern cave or, viewed from the direction of the lake, on the viewer's right-hand side, above the water level. This small church, hidden beneath fig trees on an island off Maligrad is notable for its 14th-century frescoes, which used to completely adorn both interior and exterior walls. It is believed that Serbian nobleman Kesar Novak, who held the region of Lake Prespa during the Serbian Empire of Uroš the Weak (1355-1371), built the church.