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image The St. Spas Church is found on the plateau of the Old Bazaar opposite Skopje Kale.  It was build by the end of the XVII century or in the beginning of the XVIII century, after the devastating fire of 1689 that destroyed Skopje.  The Church obtained its present day look in the XIX century when it was renovated on the foundations of the old church. The iconostasis of the Church, a true work of art with special beauty was completed in 1824.  This iconostasis was finished with the assistance and contributions by the craftsmen, tradesmen and the esnafs of the Bazaar.  It is 10 meters long and six meters wide.  On the upper part it ends with a “snake cross”, and the accompanying icons of St. Mary and St. John.  This part of the iconoclastic is polished with gold.The artistic value of the iconostasis which contains biblical motives, numerous icons, geographical ornaments, floral motives and so forth, comes from the soft lines, the plasticity of figures, the masterful style and the Baroque style movements.The St. Spas Church is particularly famous for the fact that in this church rest the remains of Goce Delcev, the Macedonian hero from the beginning of the XX century.  Every year, on the birthday of Gove Delcev, 4th May, state delegations place flowers on his grave in sign of respect and recognition for his heroic deed in the war for freedom.
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