When you pass the stone bridge, going into the Old Town, the road immediately leads to the Church of the Holy Saviour. Situated on a plateau under the Skopje Fortress, it was built in the late seventeenth century or early eighteenth century. Seemingly simple construction, dug in the ground, the Church of the Holy Saviour hides a fantastic iconostasis and iconography , made by iconographic master Petre Filipovski “Garka” from the famous woodcarving gang from the village of Gari. They have been working on the iconostasis from 1819 to 1824. On the right side of the iconostasis you can see the authors the authors: Peter Filipovski is presented as he is planning the master piece and the other as they are working with hammers and chisels in their hands.
The complex “Church of the Holy Saviour, Skopje” has more content in addition to the church which is dedicated to the Ascension of Christ 40 days after the great Christian holiday of Easter known as Ascension Day (Spasov den). The Church of the Holy Saviour in Skopje was built in the late 17th or early 18th century on the remains of the older temple burned in a fire in 1689 and restored in 1828. It is interesting to note that inside the church there is preserved fragment of fresco painting that belonged to the older church on which foundations the temple is built today. From that frescoe fragment which was discovered after the devastating earthquake in Skopje in 1963, they could conclude that it is from the 16th century and assumed that the church was small in size. The Church of the Holy Saviour is the oldest church in the inner Skopje region. It is located in a quiet courtyard paved with old tombstones and halfway dug in the ground. The Temple is deeply dug into the ground because it was built in the period when Macedonia was under Turkish oppression and the authorities did not permit Christian sanctuaries to dominate the space. The church is modest on the outside but with a luxurious interior. Its iconostasis is a masterpiece of art was made in the period from 1819 to 1824 by deep carving in walnut on which are represented biblical scenes, geometrical ornaments and elements of the flora and fauna of Macedonia. In some scenes the characters are given in national costumes. The iconostasis is а work of Petre Filipovski Garkata, his brother Mark and Marakie Frchkovski from the village of Gari. The icons of the iconostasis are from the 19th century and the iconostasis is 10 meters wide and 7 meters high. It is a part of the central throne. Overall, the iconostasis is dominated by baroque style with elements of rococo . Although the church might look small but it is not . The ceiling frescoes were made in the early 20th century by Dimitri Andonov Papradiski. Icons were made at the time of the iconostasis is working by Dico Zografos and his group. The church has an entry courtyard, church, iconostasis, monastic room, bell tower, the tomb of Goce Delchev, Gotse Delchev Museum dormitories and auxiliary facilities. The church in Skopje existed since the Middle Ages, but its location is unknown.
This temple is visited daily as the Macedonian believers and tourists from different parts of the world and represents the culture and tradition of Macedonia in the right light.In the yard of the church is a huge marble sarcophagus, which houses the remains of the great leader of the Macedonian revolutionary movement, Goce Delchev. Within the Church of the Holy Saviour complex, the Museum of Gotse Delchev is housed, in which will meet a guide who will give you the information about all the pieces exposed here. You can see revolutionists clothes, weapons from private collections, scimitars, bullets, guns … The history of the revolutionary work. ..One nice morning spent in Church of the Holy Savior at the Museum of Gotse Delchev.