- Monday, February 04, 2013 6:11 PM
Prilep, 4 February 2013 (MIA) - A fire which has engulfed the monastery of Treskavec on Monday is now put under control, but hasn't been extinguished yet. The Church of the Holy Mother of God, which is part of the monastery, is out of danger.
Three army helicopters and firefighting units from Prilep and Bitola have been battling the blaze, the Crisis Management Center (CMC) said.
CMC has confirmed that the fire is under control. Hundreds of citizens, who have responded to an appeal by the local authorities, and firefighters are still at the monastery taking measures to put out the fire completely.
Treskavec is one of the largest blocks of monasteries in Macedonia and a world-renowned monument of culture.
It has been caught by three massive fires in the past. The most recent one took place in 1990 when the monastery dormitories were completely damaged.
The monastery is situated on Mount Zlatovrv, 8 km north of Prilep. Built in the 12th century, it is known for being very inaccessible and has only one monk. The monastery possesses a large collection of Byzantine frescoes. ba/18:09
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