We spent several hours (over 3 days) visiting and documenting the monastery primarily for a second reason: the interior of the church has several wallpaintings were Medieval clothing, hats and artifacts are portrayed. Yes, these are clues to what the noble might have worn in the courts of King Marko held in Prelip and at Markovi Kule on Mt. Vodno outside of Skopja. Soil conditions in Macedonia have not allowed for the preservation of Medieval textiles so these wallpaintings are vital clues. This hat resembles a French toque (chef's hat).







Noble with erased face wearing a red robe with golden embroidery of a vine.







Detail of the embroidery.







Noble with an elaborately stitched hat.







Details of the hat that has a beehive-like shape and somewhat resembles the velvet hats worn by Ottoman elites.







Noble with a floppy red hat and robe embroidery.







Detail of the embroidery.







Noble with a domed, circular cap (Latin, pileus rotundus).







Noble with a pileus quadratus (Latin, 4 cornered hat).







Three nobles, each a pileus quadratus.







Closeup of burgundy robe with silver embroidery of a vine pattern.







Closeup of burgundy robe with gold embroidery of a vine pattern.







King David dressed as a Medieval King. This garment is very, very close to the garment worn by King Volkshan in the painting over the south door of the Church of St. Deterius.







Virgin Mary dressed as a Medieval Queen. The artist may have intentionally used the garments of Queen Elena (wife of King Volkshan) as his inspiration for this painting.







Details (turned sideways) of the robe worn by Virgin Mary dressed as a Medieval Queen.







Image of a king, flanked by courtiers, visited by saint. The face is not unlike the face of King Marko painted over the south entrance to the church.







Life-size images of King Marko, King Volkashin, and Queen Elena decorated the north wall of the church. Sadly, they have been survived except for the most bare outlines.







Two noble ladies approach the Madonna.







Two sets of scribes dressed in Medieval garb stand on either side of the Virgin Mary.







Detail of the scene of the scribes and Virgin Mary.







Closeup on the scribes in the scene of the scribes and Virgin Mary.







Wallpainting of an embroidered cloth under the altar in the north apse.







Wall painting panel that resembles embroidered cloth.







Wooden beam in the narthex decorated with a floral pattern that imitates embroidery or woven patterns in cloth.




Click here to see images of the buildings that surround the Church of St. Demetrius (within the monastery).

Click here to see image King Marko and Saint Demetrius over the door of the Church of St. Demetrius.

Click here to see images of the wallpaintings of sacred importance inside of the church of St. Demetrius (within the monastery).

Click here to see images of the objects in the interior of the Church of St. Demetrius.

Webpage created 25 July 2005
Updated 3 December 2005