Ardenica Monastery, Ardenice

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The Monastery of the Nativity of the Theotokos in Ardenica or simply Ardenica Monastery (Albanian: Manastiri Lindja e Hyjlindëses Mari, Greek: Ιερά Μονή Γεννήσεως Θεοτόκου Αρδευούσης) is an Eastern Orthodox monastery, distant 18 kilometers north of Lushnje, Albania, along the national road that links Lushnjë to Fier.
Built by Byzantine Emperor, Andronikos II Palaiologos in 1282 after the victory against the Angevins in the Siege of Berat, the monastery is famous as the place where, in 1451, was celebrated the marriage of Skanderbeg, the national hero of Albania, with Andronika Arianiti. In 1780 the Monastery started a theological school to prepare clerics in Greek Orthodoxy. It had an important library with 32,000 volumes that got completely burned by a fire in 1932. The Church of Saint Mary within the monastery contains frescos from brothers Kostandin and Athanas Zografi, notably one of saint John Kukuzelis, born in Durrës, Albania.
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  • If you are coming from Tirana to south Albania, this monastery is near Lushnje. It is on the top of the hill and the road is good. There is an old monastery just in the middle of the trees where you.....  more »
  • One of the most impressive and touching places I have visited. You may feel the spirituality of this place. For sure that I eill return more times being placed in my native country. I invite all of...  more »
  • Good preserved monestary site. The interior of the Orthodox Church is a real jewel. Beautiful iconostasis.  more »
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  • Working monastery, two monks living there and taking care of the place. Beautifully maintained blooming garden, neat yard. Old wall frescoes can be seen, and on the second floor there is a big piece of wall painting representing The Last Supper and it is very detailed and interesting.
  • Interesting place in central part of Albany where live 3 monach in greek catholic orthodox monastery. If you have got a free time visit this place.
  • An amazing place which show tourists for the rich culture of Albania
  • This place is advertised as the last active Orthodox monastery in Albania. However, we could not see neither monks nor priests, the air in the church was stale, no candles burning, a chain that blocks you from going around the church...and a person dressed casually (jeans and t-shirt) and presented as the guardian of the monastery charged us tickets and did not allow taking photos.
  • Good place!

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