Dragalevtsi Monastery, Sofia

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Dragalevtsi Monastery of the Holy Mother of God of Vitosha is a Bulgarian Orthodox monastery on the lower slopes of Vitosha mountain on the outskirts of the capital Sofia in western Bulgaria. Founded in the mid-14th century by Bulgarian tsar Ivan Alexander, the monastery was abandoned after the Ottoman conquest of Sofia and reestablished in the late 15th century, when it became an important literary centre. The monastery church and some of its frescoes date from this period.HistoryLocated 3km south of the capital Sofia's neighbourhood of Dragalevtsi, Dragalevtsi Monastery was established by Tsar Ivan Alexander (r. 1331–1371) in 1345 at the time of the Second Bulgarian Empire. The monastery was first mentioned in the Vitosha Charter issued before 1382 by Tsar Ivan Shishman (r. 1371–1395). The charter granted lands and tax exemptions to Dragalevtsi Monastery, including ownership of the village of Novachene.After Sofia fell to the Ottomans in 1382, the monastery was disbanded and its buildings destroyed. It was rebuilt in the second half of the 15th century with the financial support of local feudal lord Radoslav Mavar and rapidly developed into a repository of Bulgarian cultural records. In 1612, while staying at Dragalevtsi Monastery, the monk Job Kasinets from Timişoara wrote the Boyana Beadroll, a list of medieval Bulgarian rulers. The document shows the extent to which medieval rulers were remembered in 17th-century Bulgarian lands. Other manuscripts completed in this period at the monastery's scriptorium include Priest Nicholas' Gospel of 1469, the Dragalevtsi Gospel of 1534 and a psalter finished in 1598.
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  • Today in the monastery on Sunday was especially a lot of people, and the reason pleasant-arrived families and campaigns to baptize babies. We went to the chapel of the old monastery church, which was filled with people to bring candles. Yard, plants and buildings are magnificent well kept condition. As always. It was in this monastery. Today descended in the monastery after a small rashodki in the mountains on the new jekopteke ...
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  • Interesting monastery with unique church. It is situated in Vitosha mountain, just a step away from the big city. Can be accessed easily on foot and by car.  more »
  • This beautiful monastery. Very well kept by the religious present. The frescoes are among the best preserved in Bulgaria. It seems that there is also the possibility to stay at the hotel next door, which is also part of that monastery.
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