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Sv. Pantelejmon i Sv. Kliment Church at Plaosnik
(St. Panteleimon & St. Clement Church at Plaosnik)

         The monastery is believed to have been built when Saint Clement arrived in Ohrid and restored an old church. Sources say that Saint Clement was not satisfied with the size of the church and therefore built a new one over it and assigned Saint Panteleimon as its patron saint.

        Saint Clement used his newly created monastery as a liturgical building and a place for teaching his disciples his variation of the Glagolitic alphabet, known as the Cyrillic alphabet. Clement personally had dug his own grave inside the monastery in which he was buried after his death in 916, his tomb still exists today.

        In the 15th Century, Ottoman Turks converted the monastery into a mosque. 

        Many archaeologists believe that Clement himself designed and constructed the monastery. Clement, along with Naum would use the monastery as a basis for teaching the Glagolitic and Cyrillic alphabets to christianized Slavs thus making it a university.

        Reconstruction started on December 8, 2000 and the church was fully done by August 10, 2002. Most of Saint Clement's relics were returned to the church. A partially ruined bell tower was restored on the right side of the monastery and the floors of the interior of the church have been reconstructed with marble. Reconstruction was carried out by hand using materials used to build the original church in order to preserve the original spirituality of the monastery. Machines were only used to polish the interior during the reconstruction of the monastery. 

        The first excavations of the monastery were carried out in 1943 by Prof. Dimche Koco. 

        On October 10, 2007, a depot of approximately 2,383 Venetian coins was discovered by archaeologists while excavating the monastery. A prominent archaeologist of the Republic of Macedonian, Pasko Kuzman, stated that the coins are of special significance because they indicate that Ohrid and Venice were commercially linked.

        Thousands of Macedonian Orthodox Christians gather at Plaosnik during large religious holidays such as Easter and Christmas to celebrate and take part in the liturgies.