Chiprovtsi Monastery

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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.

A landmark is the tower in the yard, which is now a belfry. The mortal remains of the rebels are laid in the foot-stall.

Nowadays the Chiprovtsi Monastery is a cultural monument.

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