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Sokolski Monastery, Gabrovo

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The Sokolski Monastery is a Bulgarian Orthodox monastery founded in 1833 and named after its founder Yosif Sokolski. It is located 15 km southwest of Gabrovo on the northern slopes of the Balkan Mountains in the Bulgarka Nature Park and is close to the Sokolovo cave.

Originally, a small wooden church was built in 1833 and the frescoes were finished a year later. Hristo Tsokev, a Gabrovo-born artist, donated the church icon, which represents the Virgin Mary and Christ and is considered to be miraculous. In 1862, Father Paul Zograf and his son Nikola from the village of Shipka decorated the church with frescoes.

The monastery has a big yard surrounded by residential and utility buildings. In the centre of the yard, in 1865 the master Kolyu Ficheto constructed a big stone fountain with eight taps. The whole monastery was built during the Bulgarian National Revival with the strong support of the people of Gabrovo and the local villages.

The monastery played an important role during the April Uprising. In this monastery, the leader Tsanko Dyustabanov formed a group of volunteers for the resistance.
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  • The monastery (a nunnery) and its gardens are very well maintained and welcoming. It offers great views to the Stara planina mountain range and the town of Gabrovo. In the 19th c. it was involved in t...  more »
  • The place is magical and full of energy! The water fountain, the rose garden, the Church, the prospect of merging in an ensemble, which must be visited. Unfortunately, unfortunately the original icons were removed from the Church, because an attempt was made to steal them. My Tip: the "Etara" down hike (the route through the forest is suitable for unathletic and takes approx. 45 minutes).
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  • The monastery is very nice, has bathrooms, and has a beautiful church, however this was closed, and unfortunately, the people who care for you can't speak English, so we could not make them understand if there were some possibility of that opening it to us...
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