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Karpino Monastery
Карпински манастир
Karpino monestery.jpg

The exterior of the monastery, reconstruction of the possible appearance

Basic information
Location village Suvi Orah, Kumanovo, Republic of Macedonia
Affiliation Macedonian Orthodox Church (Eastern Orthodox Church)
District Suvi Orah
Year consecrated 16th17th century
Architectural description
Architectural type Middle-Byzantine
Architectural style Byzantine style

The Karpino Monastery (Macedonian: Карпински манастир) is an important Macedonian Orthodox monastery situated in the northeastern part of the Republic of Macedonia, near the city of Kumanovo (near village Suvi Orah).


The monastery church is dedicated to The Holiest Mother of God Ascension, it was built of crafted stone in the shape of single nave basilica with apse in form of triconhos, from the 16th17th century. The church itself was erected in 1100.

The monastery and church has been burnt and destroyed many times, but has always been restored by the inhabitants of villages Suv Ora, Aljince, Drenak and Kanarevo.

Karpino church

Monastery church the Holiest Mother of God Ascension

A new layer of frescoes was added to the original when the monastery was restored in 1892, however some of the original images are still visible, including Mary with baby Jesus Christ and Tiron and Theodore Stratilat.

The church preserves a valuable iconostasis in which there are 7 original icons (The Great Feasts) from 1606-1607, which were painted by Nikola Zoograf and his students.

Sobor na apostolite od Karpinskiot

Meeting of the Apostles icon from Church

It was the most important literary and cultural centre in the Middle Ages for this part of the Kumanovo region. Around 300 monks worked at a time in the monastery and were engaged in copying church books and manuscripts. The monastery served as sanctuari for the first Macedonian school where priests received their education. In the late 19th century, the monks of Karpino Monastery began to form public school, teaching a smaller number of villages children to become literate.

Karpino campanil

Monastery belfry

Restoration funded by the Macedonian Institute for Protection of Monuments of Culture is taking place to repair damage sustained during World War II.[1]


  1. Sazdo Vasilkov Cesmadziski: Selo Orah - Suv Ora, page. 24 (Macedonian)

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Coordinates: 42°11′33.81″N 21°57′49.35″E / 42.192725°N 21.9637083°E / 42.192725; 21.9637083 hr:Manastir Karpino mk:Карпински манастир

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