Photos of Plaoshnik Monastery
This monastery was really close to Samuel’s fortress and we went to see it right after. Our guide continued telling us about the history of the place.
Plaoshnik monastery is not preserved today, but it’s main church – St. Pantaleymon church which was founded in the 9th century by St. Clement is – like many other churches, after the Conquest of the Ottomans it was converted to a mosque and this is why it was not destroyed.
At Plaoshnik monastery we saw a beautiful mosaic floor which currently being restored.
Upon seeing symbols that predate the use by Nazi’s, meaning something entirely different, it’s very intellectually stimulating. I wish I knew what it meant to the ancients. Modern people “believe” it meant something about which is associated with well-being, or “Lucky Charm”, or a “thing that is auspicious”, but who knows what ancient’s truly were thinking it meant.
When I got back home, I researched the meaning of the swastika out of curiosity and found that it is still used today as an important symbol in Jainism in India.
And is there also a symbol that later was used by Crusaders?