| Karpino Monastery|
The exterior of the monastery, reconstruction of the possible appearance
|Location||village Suvi Orah, Kumanovo, Republic of Macedonia|
|Affiliation||Macedonian Orthodox Church (Eastern Orthodox Church)|
|Year consecrated||16th – 17th century|
|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 16th – 17th 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.
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.
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 Monastery, vicinity of Kumanovo (English)