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The Holy Mother Assumption Church, Velushina

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The Holy Mother Assumption Church, Velushina

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Corridor: Via Egnatia
Country: FYR of Macedonia, Velushina, Bitola
Type: Christian religious centre
Epoch: Modern Times, Middle Ages
Theme: Christian Monasteries
World Heritage:
Modern TimesMiddle AgesChristian MonasteriesChristian religious centre

The Church of the Dormition of the Holy Mother of God is situated near the village of Velushina, 10 km south of Bitola, near the border with Greece, on the slopes of the Baba Mountain. The small three-aisled basilica(similar to the architecture, characteristic of the regions of Kastoria and Florina in Greece) dates back to the Medieval period (10th century or the beginning of the 11th century) . The communication from the central aisle to the subsidiary aisles and the narthex was ensured through a triple passage (tribilon). This type of passage can be found in the several sacral Byzantine buildings, built in the 9th -11th centuries, such as the monastery of Chora in Constantinople, St. Sophia in Thessalonica and the Church of the Dormition of the Holy Mother of God in Labovo (Albania). At present the structure is deteriorating, the roof is seriously damaged.

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