St. Nicolas Monastery Church

Mesopotam (Saranda) Albania

[Albanian Orthodox]

The monastery is the largest in Albania. The wall originally had seven towers, only one remains. It dates from at least the 6th century, though the present buildings are probably from the 11th-13th. The monastery provided both Catholic and Orthodox rites. Converted to a mosque by the Ottomans, a blue wash covers the original frescos. The complex was further destroyed during the Soviet era. It is near the National Park of Butrinti and is on the UNESCO list of historical monuments.