Friday, July 8, 2011

Albanian Iconography

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.

St. Anastasios

The archbishop’s throne

The baptistery chapel

St. Constantine

The Theotokos

St. Panteleimon

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 refectory

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.

St. Haralambos

Inside a small shrine

The old cathedral

Monastery of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist, Voskopoja

St. Ignatius

St. Nicholas

St. Katherine

Monastery of Ss. Peter & Paul, Vithkuq

The new cathedral in Korça

Church of St. Anna

Shen Naumi (St. Nahum)

Prophet Elijah

Chapel of St. Elijah, high above Korça

Church of the Resurrection, Pogradec

St. Marena

The Last Judgment

Exaltation of the Holy Cross


James Noel Ward said...

These are great photos, many thanks! - James

James said...


I'd like to ask your permission to use your photo of the Resurrection icon from the Monastery of Ss Peter and Paul in Vithkuq. I'm a student at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, preparing to visit Albania as part of a class on "The Missiology of Archbishop Anastasios," and am preparing an email newsletter about the trip. Your photo would be perfect to include, if you don't mind.

Christ is risen!

James Hargrave

Arimathean said...

Indeed he is risen!

Permission granted. You can use any of the photos from this post or the previous Albania post. Immediately after my first year at St. Vlad's, I was part of the first group of seminarians that Fr. Luke took to Albania for the missiology class. Afterwards, we all shared our photos from the trip. I hope you will enjoy Albania as much as I did.