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VOSKOPOJË CHURCHES

VOSKOPOJË CHURCHES
Voskopojë, Albania
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BACKGROUND

Twenty-six churches were built between 1630 and 1780 at Voskopojë, situated along the trade route from Venice to Constantinople in southeastern Albania. Voskopojë became an important religious hub in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The town was a significant center of Aromanian (Macedonian-Romanian) Christianity during a time when the Ottomans ruled the Balkans. (...)

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HOW WE HELPED

The Voskopojë Churches were placed on the Watch in 2002 and 2004 because of increasing structural weaknesses and leaks that threatened to destroy the vast array of frescoes. WMF provided funding and partnered with French NGO Patrimoine sans Frontières (PSF) to begin conservation work. (...)

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WHY IT MATTERS

The domes of the five remaining churches and the intricate frescoes on their interiors attest to the past prominence of Voskopojë as a cultural and religious center. The Albanian Ministry of Culture and the Albanian Orthodox Church recognized the beauty and significance of the churches and the need to preserve them. (...)