Chiprovtsi Monastery, Chiprovtsi

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Chiprovtsi Monastery (Bulgarian: Чипровски манастир, Chiprovski manastir) is a Bulgarian Orthodox monastery 5 kilometres northeast of the town of Chiprovtsi in Montana Province in northwestern Bulgaria. It belongs to the diocese of Vidin and lies in the valley of the Ogosta river.

According to Petar Bogdan, the monastery was built in the 10th century and remained a religious and cultural centre despite Tatar and Magyar raids in the 13th century, the Ottoman invasion in the 14th century and Michael the Brave's raids in the 16th century. The monastery has been razed six times, in 1412, 1688, 1806, 1828, 1837 and 1876, with the one of 1688 after the Chiprovtsi Uprising being particularly devastating. The current monastery church was built in 1829.

The Chiprovtsi Monastery consists of a church dedicated to Saint John of Rila, residential buildings, a small graveyard and a three-storey tower featuring an ossuary, a chapel and a belfry.

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  • The place is very quiet and nice. The most impressive thing are the remains (skulls and bones| of the uprising fighters for freedom, gathered and exposed in the tower behind the church.  more »
  • I've always been amazed when I visit such places where you can actually feel the power of the human spirit. Build in the 10th century then distroyed and burnt to the ground several times and rized...  more »
  • It is a great place for a little walk on the weekend. The monastery itself is very old and during his existance have been destroyed and rebuilt many times. The surrounding nature is so pure and...  more »
  • Nice Rocky old spiritual nest in BG!
  • Peacefull and really nice place.
  • One of the most important monasteries from the Bulgarian Renaissance.
  • The Chiprovski monastery "St Ivan Rilski" is in the Northwestern part of Bulgaria. You need to drive about 7 km to northeast of the town of Chirprovtsi to view its buildings. Actually the cloister is at 29 km on the west of the regional center, the town of Montana. It was founded in the beginning of the X-th century and it is one of the thirty monasteries from the First Bulgarian Kingdom and approved in the country the mission of Kiril and Metodi brothers who are the fathers of the Slavic Alphabet.
  • Nested in the mountains it's an ideal place for relaxation and recharge. Historic place. And last but not least there are bones from St. Ivan Rilski where you can place your hand and draw energy and heeling power. Take some picnic for a great lunch up the hill.

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