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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  • August 7, 2017
    Bulgarians have told us about an unusual site, but in fact, purely, flowers bloom and all! All nuns as extinct. the monastery is empty. ... go there again you don't want to
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  • July 14, 2017
    One of the famous bulgarian ortodox churc monastery high in the mountain near town of Gabrovo close to the road croosing Balkan Mountains Shipka Pass.  more »
  • January 21, 2017
    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 »

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