Village Malovishte (Malovishta, Маловишта) is the only settlement within the boundaries of the National Park Pelister, in which today live less than 100 inhabitants. Administratively within the Municipality of Bitola, up to the village leads an asphalt road with length of about 22 km.
The village is specific with its traditional and authentic architecture and preserved cobblestone streets. It can be said that the pearl of architecture in this village and the wider region is the church dedicated to St. Petka, located on artificially formed plateau, in the central part of the village. Built in 1856, the church captivates with the preserved fresco-painting, the wooden iconostasis made in deep carving and the rich gallery of icons.
It is known that there were settlements in the vicinity of the village since ancient times, and for today’s location there are records that the village exists there from the 16th century. In the 19th century, a large number of Vlachs from Moskopole and Epirus settled in the village, and the number of inhabitants exceeded 2000. According to Vasil Knčov (Macedonia, Ethnography and Statistics) in 1900, Malovishte is a large village with 2,300 inhabitants.
Over the years, the village experienced the fate of all surrounding villages and the constant eviction resulted with 98 inhabitants during the 2002 census, a number that today is certainly further reduced.
Churches and monasteries
- Church “St. Petka “- the main village church
- Monastery “St. Ana”
- Church “Ascension of Christ”
- Church “St. George”
- Church “St. Athanasius the Great”
Interesting places and locations
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