|Ohrid - “Plaosnik” will look the same as in the time of St. Kliment|
(Dnevnik, 8.03.2002) - The monastery complex will have konaks (mansions) as in the time of St. Kliment, together with several surrounding objects -
Present condition of the church
In the style of the medieval Byzantine architecture, in dynamic and exuberant disposal of stone and brick, in the outskirts of the Ohrid’s neighbourhood Varos, in the site Plaosnik, “sprouts” the Kliment’s church “St. Pantelejmon”. It is being built by masters-builders from the village Sulin in Mala Prespa region in Albania.
-They understood the meaning of this church. In the process of laying stone and bricks, here and there they leave their own marks, signs, as the masters from the old times-do be remembered who built the church, says Pasko Kuzman, director of the Institute and Museum of Ohrid. This institution is contractor of the project, which is funded by the Ministry of Culture and the Government.
Nowadays, only one and a half year after the installation of the foundations, this sacral object needs only the central dome and the belfry, which will be constructed at the entrance of the church.
-The church on Plaosnik will be a church in function. It belongs to the Macedonian Orthodox Church (MOC), we are only contractors of the project, where it was underlined that the object have to be completed by December 11, 2002, the day of the Christian holiday “St. Kliment”. After the church is completed, maybe we will paint it, but this is upon the MOC and the responsible Mitropolit to decide, informed us Pasko Kuzman. “One church could not be consecrated without the basic interior elements-iconoctasis, icons, some additional elements”.
The church “St. Pantelejmon” was built in the 10th century, in the time of St. Kliment. It was renewed in 13th and 14th century, when it was painted. In the 15th century it was destroyed and turned into a mosque. As the time was passing by, the roof of the mosque began to leak, so the remains of the frescoes (in the lower zone of the interior) often turned green. Pasko Kuzman says: “We had to protect them in order to prevent their complete destruction. They are original pieces of the fresco wall painting, which would be specially presented, because this church is a monument of culture. From the originals, preserved are only the bases of the columns and one ossuary in the central part of the church. A tick glass will be installed on these places in order to enable the visitors to “catch” the whole construction of the church. Everything that is original will be presented.
The central dome will be installed on four marble columns. The original ones were monolith, but “because in Macedonia in the 21st century there is no man that know how to make this kind of columns, we had to accept with three-part marble columns”, says Pasko Kuzman.
They obtained the marble from Mariovo and use stone from Labuniste, from Galicica Mountain and the special bricks are being produced in the factory in Strumica. The church will be covered with roof tile made in Slovenia. The old parts of the preserved architecture-in the lower zones, right above the foundations are separated with rolled still. On the northern part of the exterior, signs from the Sultan Mehmed Mosque are being preserved. “This is part of the agreement with the experts from the Ministry of Culture of Turkey-to leave trace from the Ottoman period, after all, this is part of our history as well”, said Pasko Kuzman.
The project “Plaosnik” will last for ten years. By the end of this summer the object should be completed, and this is the firs and the most important phase. That the interior of the church will be arranged, they will plaster the interior.
“Plaosnik” will be a monastery complex with konaks (necessary for service activities) as in the time of St. Kliment. The complex will comprise of several surrounding objects-the policonhal basilica in which baptistery there is a floor mosaic with “the four heavenly rivers”. Last year the conservators lifted up the mosaic and cleaned it from the roots of plants. Now a new base will be installed that will be covered by a stylishly designed bungalow. It had been planned the konaks to be constructed on the eastern part of the complex. But on that place archaeological remains of yards and atriums emerged. This object as well will be included in the complex. The terrain will be levelled and the church will “appear in the light of the day”.