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St. Mary's Church, Elbasan

The St. Mary's Church () is an Eastern Orthodox church and monastery in Elbasan, Albania. It became a Cultural Monument of Albania in 1963.[1]

The church's building started in 1483, but it ended almost a century later: the church had its first religious services only in 1556. It was built entirely in stone in a completely particular way, with stones carved in the shape of a cross, which can still be seen today.[2] The church was frescoed by Onufri and restaured by David Selenica. In the 18th century it was entirely burned by a fire, so it was rebuilt in the beginning of the 19th century.[3] Some of the most famous preachers in the church have been Fan Noli and Visarion Xhuvani.[4]

In the 1990s the church became the seat of a split fraction of the Orthodox Autocephalous Church of Albania.[5]

In 2008 the Albanian government financed reconstruction of the church.[6]

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