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Sofiyska Sveta Gora /Sofia Holy Forest/

Cherepishki Monastery “The Assumption of Virgin Mary” – village of Lyutibrod, Kokalyanski Monastery, Monastery “The Assumption of Virgin Mary” – Dragalevtsi residential section, Sofia City, Etropolski Monastery, monastery “The Seven Altars” – village of Osenovlag.

The starting point of the route is Sofia City. Each one of the sites can be visited within 1 day. The visit is performed by an automobile or by organized autobus transport.


Cherepishki Monastery

The Cherepishki monastery “The Assumption of Virgin Mary”is located 29 kilometers southeast of Vratsa, at the bank of Iskar river. The monastery was built during the reign of tsar Ivan Shishman (reigned 1371 – 1395). A legend says that the name of the monastery (Bones Monastery) came from the bones of those, who died in the battle between tsar Ivan Shishman and the Ottoman ...

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The Kokalyanski Monastery „St. Archangel Michael”

The Kokalyanski Monastery „St. Archangel Michael” lies a few kilometers from the village of Kokalyane, in the eastern part of Plana Mountain. It used to be linked by a road with the Bistrishki, Dragalevski and Boyanski monasteries. Nearby the fortress of Urvich was situated. This was one of the last Bulgarian fortresses, taken over during the invasion of the Ottoman Turks. The ...

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Dragalevski Monastery “St. Mary”.

Near the Dragalevtsi residential area of Sofia, about 1.5 kilometers southwest is the Dragalevski monastery “St. Mary of Vitosha”. It was established by Tsar Ivan Alexander (ruled 1331 – 1371 AD) in about 1341 and remained after the Ottoman conquest in 1382. The monastery church was renovated and painted in 1476. The monastery complex consists of a church, residential buildings ...

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The Etropolski Monastery “St. Trinity”

The Etropolski Monastery “St. Trinity” is located about 6 kilometers east of the town Etropole. It is believed to be founded in the 12th century AD. The monastery is a complex of a church, residential buildings and farm buildings. The church was built in 1859 AD. The complex includes two chapels – “St. John the Baptist” and “St. Kozma and St. Damyan”. In the 16th – 17th ...

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The Seven Altars Monastery – Natural Landmark

The Osenovlashky monastery is also known as the monastery of the Seven Altars. It is situated at a distance of about 41 kilometers from the town of Svoge and about 83 kilometers from Sofia. The monastery was founded in the 11th century and was a cultural and educational center over the centuries – books were re-written in it, and in the end of the 18th century Sofroniy of Vratza, a ...

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