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The monastery St. Petka (Paraskeva), Velgoshti, Ohrid

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On the slopes of the hill “Olmec” is the monastery St. Petka (Paraskeva). In the middle part of the exterior of the five-sided apse, the following inscription is written: "Saint Petka. Built on the request of Czar Sultan Abdul Hamid. With the help of the people in the time of the prior Naum Iliev. In the year 1890 May 22."

St. Paraskeva is a single-nave basilica with two domes. The iconostasis is new, but there are icons that are registered as culture monuments in the Institute for protection of the culture monuments, between which is the icon The Virgin Mother with Christ. There also a bier from 1833. Under the todays church there are rests from mortar of a cave church.
    
The church was enlarged in 1922, during the time of the priest Alekso Shokaroski from the village Velgoshti. The name of the nun Paraskeva on the Balkan was appeared in the end of the 10th and the beginning of the 11th century. St. Petka (Paraskeva) is known with her miraculous powers of healing serious diseases.

About the building of the monastery of St. Paraskeva exists a legend that says that the people from Velgoshti began to construct a church as a gratitude to the saint for her good deeds. The constructing began near the village. The built part St. Paraskeva was destroying during the night. The same thing was repeating for two days so the third day the builders put a guard on the place. St. Paraskeva said to the builders that she was destroying the building because she didnt want the church to be built in that place, but at the place where the church is placed today.  
    
A poetic night is held in the monastery church every August, in the honor of one of the greatest Macedonian poets Zhivko Chingo, who was born in the village Velogoshti.

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