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Bulgarian IconBulgarian icons have a thousand year’s history and many of them belong in the treasury of world art. Icon painting in Bulgaria must have originated officially with the adoption of Christianity in 865.

Numerous churches and monasteries were built in the Bulgarian capitals. All these places of worship were decorated with murals and icons. Since then the Bulgarian icon, a symbol of the Christian cult and church ritual, has developed as a fundamental part of the art of the country.

Preslav ceramic icons, the oldest Bulgarian icons found so far, were also very interesting examples of medieval Balkan art. The icon painting tradition was enriched in the 13th- 14th c. Read more


SamokovThe town of Samokov is located in the Samokov Valley, called Palakariya. Samokov is a small town known in the time of the Turkish rule for its iron ore extraction.

Interesting places to visit in Samokov are: the Old Mosque, The School of Arts and the Convent.

The town is in the vicinity of Rila Mountain, the biggest national park in Bulgaria. The Mussala Mount (2925 m) of Rila is the highest peak in the Balkan Peninsula.  Read more