Wall painting showing Saint Nikita. The church was probably constructed in the 11th century during the time of Vasilij II. It was discovered in ruins by the Serbian king Milutin and restored around AD 1282. It was renovated around AD 1320 and again in 1484.







Wallpainting showing an angel in the Church of St. Nikita.







Exterior view of the St. Nikita Monastery in the village of Banjani, Republic of Macedonia.







Iconostasis screen in the church.







Christ healing the paralytic.







Saint with military arms.







Saint with military arms.







Sick woman healed by touching Christ's robe







Christ and the last supper portrayed in a wallpainting of the west wall of the church.







Kornakov (2005:88) interprets the scene as the wedding in Cana. The clothing styles differ from those of the last supper as if the painter wanted it shown in a different time frame. I see the wall painting as more of a representation of a Medieval feast.







Closeup showing a servant with tray and Medieval glass vessels.




goose


Closeup showing a Medieval king carving a goose.







Closeup showing Medieval feast and guests eating with knives.







Closeup of a Medieval feast and a guest holding a chalice.







Closeup of Medieval feast and a glass sprinkler bottle.







Closeup of a Medieval feast and a guest holding a 4 lobed bowl.







Inscription in Cyrillic over the western doorway of the church.







The miracle of Christ and the wine at the marriage of Canaan.







Wall painting representing John the Baptist.







Wall paintings in the northeast quarter of the church.








Wall paintings in the southeast quarter of the church.







An angel fans the Christ child while Mary watches.







Icon of the Madonna and Christ child.







Icon of John the Baptist.







Wall painting of Christ driving the moneychangers from the Temple in Jerusalem.







Wall painting of Emperor Constantine and his mother Helena. They hands rest upon the image of the True Cross.







Detail of the sleeve of Constantine.







Detail of the wall painting showing the suicide of Judas.







Wall painting showing the archangel Gabriel.







Metal basin used for baptism.







Eccentric saint.







Saint holding a writing stylus in his right hand and a stylus box in his left hand.







Saint holding a writing stylus in his right hand and a stylus box in his left hand.







Medieval rosette design on the church wall.




For further information consult:

Kornakov, Dimitar
2005 Macedonian Monasteries. Matica Makedonska, Skopje.

Webpage created 27 November 2006
Updadted 6 December 2007