According to a legend Shas had as many churches as there are days in a year. The truth is, however, that there were found the ruins of only about ten ancient churches, among which two can be regarded as monumental, although they were ruined.The Church of St. John (Shen Gjoni) was built inside the fortress somewhere In the XIII century.
The Old Town Shas
Svatsh achieved its culmination in the Middle Ages, although it was several times invad ed by various peoples.
The ancient town Shas or Svač (Svatsh) is located on top of a hill (85m) Shas Hill, which streches on the North of Lake Shas, and which offers a beautiful view to the lake and to the whole area of the Bojana Delta.
Svatsh achieved its culmination in the Middle Ages
The Second church, St. Mary (Shen Mrise) was built in the XIV centry outside the for
tress, towards the NorthEast. It used to be 16.6m long, 7.1 m wide and it was made in the
Gothic style. Due to its different style of construction, experts believe that it had actually been a monastry. Svatsh achieved its culmination in the Middle Ages, although it was several times invad ed by various peoples.
The Serbian ruler Stefan Nemanja conquered Svatsh in 1183.
In 1242. it was conquered by the Mongols and finally in 1571. the Ottoman empire totally invaded and destroyed it. Since then, Svatsch has belonged to the category of ”dead towns”.
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