Last year when I posted my photos from Albania, I promised a follow-up post focusing on iconography. Reading about the Albanian adventures of this year’s missiology class inspired me to resume work on that post.
As with my previous Albania post, I drew heavily on the photos taken by other members of the expedition. The pictures will be organized roughly in the order of our itinerary in Albania. My narration will be minimal.
In addition to iconography in the narrow sense, I will feature other aspects of church art, particularly wood carving. And besides traditional ecclesiastical iconography, I will include some less traditional religious art. You can click on any picture to see it full-size.
Our first stop was Annunciation Cathedral, Tirana.
The archbishop’s throne
The baptistery chapel
Two days later, we stopped at two schools on our way to Shen Vlash Monastery.
The Resurrection of Christ is a popular subject in new Albanian iconography.
At Shen Vlash
The monastery chapel
Shen Vlash (aka St. Blaise)
The chapel at the diagnostic clinic.
Framed art at the student center
Nazareth Center houses various ecclesiastical arts, including the creation and restoration of icons and wordworking.
On our way to Korça we stopped for a fish supper at this restaurant in Shen Naumi.
The next day we visited the Metropoly.
Then we spent the rest of the morning sightseeing in Korça, starting with this church.
Inside a small shrine
The old cathedral
Monastery of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist, Voskopoja
Monastery of Ss. Peter & Paul, Vithkuq
The new cathedral in Korça
Church of St. Anna
Shen Naumi (St. Nahum)
Chapel of St. Elijah, high above Korça
Church of the Resurrection, Pogradec
The Last Judgment
Exaltation of the Holy Cross