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Bulgaria Guide - monasteries

Monastery, North Black Sea coast

The Aladzha Monastery is one of the many medieval rock monasteries found in the northeastern part of Bulgaria. It was inhabited by hermits in the 13th - 14thc. It is situated in a beautiful woodland about 17 kilometers from Varna. The name ALADZHA ...
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Monastery, Plovdiv region

Bachkovo Monastery is located on the right bank of the Chepelare river, above the Plovdiv-Smolyan road, 29 km away from Plovdiv, 89 km away from Sofia and 10 km away from Assenovgrad, it is not far from Pamporovo mountain resort.
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Monastery, Veliko Tarnovo & the Balkan range

Part and parcel of our history is the Shipka Monastery, a symbol of an epoch-making event for Bulgaria - her Liberation from Ottoman rule, the final outcome of the 1877/78 Russo-Turkish War.
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Monastery, Veliko Tarnovo & the Balkan range

The Kilifarevo Monastery “Birth of the Blessed Virgin” is situated 4 km south of Kilifarevo and 17 km south of Veliko Turnovo, at the left bank of Belitza River. It was founded about 1350 by the prominent man of letters and Hesychast Teodosii ...
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Monastery, North Black Sea coast

Monastery complex on island “St. Ivan” X – XVII century,town of Sozopol is a unique monument of the Christian architecture, situated in an ecologically preserved environment with high level of conservation and opportunities for socialization. The complex includes the churches – “St. Mother of God Kaleosa” – a three-room basilica ...
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Monastery, Sofia region

The Rila monastery was founded by John of Rila in the 10th century, as a colony for hermits. Later it became one of early mediaeval culture. It declined during the 11th century, but with the foundation of the Second Bulgarian State great care was ...
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Monastery, Sandanski & South-western Bulgaria

Rozhen Monastery, situated far to the south in the Pirin area, 6km from Melnik is the only monastery restored during the first centuries of Ottoman rule which has survived to this days.
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Monastery, Veliko Tarnovo & the Balkan range

The Sokolovo Monastery is situated at the distance of 4km from Etara and 12km southeast of the centre of Gabrovo, at the foot of Stara planina Mountain, at the bank of Yantra river. It was established in 1833 by archbishop Yosiph, who had built ...
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Monastery, Veliko Tarnovo & the Balkan range

Preobrazhenski Monastery (the Monastery of the Transfiguration — Preobrazhenie) is the biggest of the monasteries around Veliko Turnovo and the fourth largest in the country. It lies at a distance of 7 km from Veliko Turnovo in the wooded ...
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Monastery, Veliko Tarnovo & the Balkan range

Troyan Monastery must have been in existence long before the l5th century, as legends suggest. It flourished again about the year 1600. From the oldest church it is only the throne stone that has been preserved. Towards the beginning of the l9th ...
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Monastery, Veliko Tarnovo & the Balkan range

The church of “St. Archangels Michael and Gavrail” is the largest one in the architectural reserve of Arbanassi. It comprises an altar, a men’s department, a women’s department, a chapel called “St. Paraskeva” and a gallery.
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Monastery, Veliko Tarnovo & the Balkan range

The earliest church in Arbanassi is the Cathedral of Nativity. It is comprised of a naos (the men's section), a narthex (the women's section), a gallery running on the north and on the west, having a chapel at its eastern end dedicated to St. John the Baptist. The architectural and mural details attest that the church was built in ...
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