Photographer's Note

2 of 6 main paintings adorning the marvellous walnut iconostasis within the Church of St Spas. I went straight inside and took a few photos without flash. When I exited the church, the lady caretaker told me that absolutely no photography was allowed in there. Far too many people use flash indoors on priceless, irreplaceable paintings which are damaged over time by the UV rays in the flash. I don't even like flash most of the time. It creates hard shadows and reflected highlights, unless bounced or diffused. Anyway, these paintings and the ornately decorated Iconostasis date from 1819-1824 AD and were created by three brothers from Galichnik; Petre Filipovski “Garka,” his brother Marko, and Makarie (Macarius) Frckovski. They have left their 'copyright' on the wooden engravings with carvings of themselves.

The church itself dates from the late Seventeenth or early Eighteenth Century, after a fire in 1689 AD destroyed much of Skopje. More info and pics here:

Oh, and here's a shot I found on the net showing a wide angled view of the entire iconostasis. The shooting angle has resulted in the lamps hanging in front of the paintings. I went for a lower pov without the lamps by crouching up closer.

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