This pattern can be seen decorating several churches and monasteries in Macedonia; for example, on a wall of the Veljusa Monastery near Strumica (photo, right), which gives the style an alternative name, Veljusa Cross.
Its ubiquitousness has earned its place on the coat of arms of the Macedonian Orthodox Church and features on table medals awarded by the Church.
The cross itself has four equal-length arms, like the Greek Cross of the neighbouring country. The arms are budded and interlocking, representing the everlasting love of God.
The central square can represent the four corners of the world, to which the Gospel must be proclaimed1.