Category: Monasteries

Chiprovtsi Monastery

Chiprovski MonasteryThe Chiprovtsi Monastery “Sveti Ivan Rilski” is on the northern slope of the Western Stara Planina (Old Mountains), and lies at a distance of 7 kilometers northeast from Chiprovtsi.

The Chiprovtsi Monastery has been burned out many times. Its foundation dates as far back as the 10th century.

At the times of the Ottoman rule the monastery was a key point for the Chiprovsko vazstanie (Chiprovsko rebellion) and the rebellion of the Konstantin and Fruzhin. Read more

Kalofer Monastery of the Blessed Virgin

Kalofer Monastery of the Blessed VirginThe Kalofer Monastery of the Blessed Virgin is located in near to the town of Kalofer, 60 km north of Plovdiv.

According to a manuscript from 1863 Kalofer Nunnery of the Blessed Virgin was founded in 18th century by the monk Dorothey from Rila.

During the Turkish attacks in 1799 and in 1804 the monastery was destroyed, but in 1819 it was restored and a school for girls opened its doors here.  Read more

Nativity of the Virgin Mary Monastery in Kabile

Nativity of the Virgin Mary Monastery in KabileThe Kabile Monastery is located about one kilometer from the village of Kabile, 6 km from Yambol and 24 km from the town of Sliven.

In late antiquity (4-5c) Kabile was a great religious center, about a kilometer from this reserve there was a monastery during the reign of Constantine the Great.

The monastery possessed a healing spring, and the legend says that even Queen Helena sent her people to carry water from it. Later the Kabile Monastery was turned into nunnery, became Orthodox and was inhabited until the late 14th century. Read more

Monastery of the Assumption in Izvor

Monastery of the Assumption in Izvor or Izvorski ManastirMonastery of the Assumption in Izvor or Izvorski ManastirThe Monastery of the Assumption in Izvor or Izvorski Manastir is located 2 km south of the village of Izvor, 9 km from the town of Dimovo and about 40 km from Vidin.

Legend has it that the Izvor Monastery is built in the 12th century by the Russian prince Izvor Tavorski.

After the fall of the Vidin Kingdom the monastery got plundered and destroyed by the Turks, almost all the monks were killed, and the survivors left the monastery in desolation.  Read more

Granitsa Monastery of St. Luke

Granitsa Monastery of St. Luke or Granishki ManastirGranitsa Monastery of St. Luke or Granishki ManastirThe Granitsa Monastery of St. Luke or Granishki Manastir lies at the foot of Osogovo Mountain, near the village of Granitsa, 8 km east of the town of Kyustendil.

The Monastery of St. Luke is established in the 10 century and according to a legend, here studied the famous Bulgarian St. Ivan Rilski.

In the 15th century the abbot of the monastery was Jacob, the father of the restorers of the Rila Monastery – Yoasaf, David and Theophanes, who were born in Granitsa.  Read more