The ceiling of the narthex is dominated by the image
of Christ. His gesture with two fingers symbolizes the dual nature of Christ (divine and human).
Detail of the Christ image in the narthex.
Christ and the angels decorate the central dome of the
church. Of interest is a Medieval wall and square tower portrayed in the upper right
corner of the image.
The church is dedicated to St. Demetrius and a life-size
wallpainting of the saint is situated next to the door in the south wall of the church.
Detail of the embroidery on the sleeve of St. Demetrius.
Detail of the shoes of St. Demetrius.
Detail of the shield of St. Demetrius.
Several images of the Virgin Mary decorate the
walls of the church. This image of the Madonna flanked by two angels
was painted directly above the altar of the church
in the central apse.
Madonna and Christ visited by the 3 Magi and an
Joseph, Virgin May and the infant Christ
are shown in the temple of Jerusalem.
The walls of the church are painted with numerous
scenes from the New and Old Testament. One image shows the Dormition ("falling asleep")
of the Madonna and Christ accepting her soul as a pure child.
Closeup of the scene of the Dormition.
Christ teaching flanked by philosophers (left) and
church fathers (right).
Christ in death with the wounds of the cross.
Wallpainting showing the body of Christ present
during the preparation of communion. Note the glass oil lamp portrayed in the wall painting
above the body of Christ.
Numerous images of angels decorate the walls of the
church of St. Demetrius. Several life-size angels are painted in the central apse of the church.
Wallpainting of the angel Gabriel on the west wall
of the church just north of the main door into the church.
Wallpainting of the angel Michael, holding a
curved blade sword, on the west wall
of the church just south of the main door into the church.
Several saints are portrayed in the wall paintings
including Saint Simeon the Stylite (a famous early Christian saint from Syria).
Life size images of Saint Helena, Emperor Constantine (her son),
and a third saint. Helena holds the true cross.
Detail of Saint Helena.
Group of Orthodox archbishops painted in the
area of the central apse.
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 wallpainting with clues to
Medieval material culture in Macedonia during the 13th century AD.
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