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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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  • It was a rainy Monday on the mountain and not too much visible so decided to call in here. It was perfect as it was so peaceful and calm only the 4 of us visiting. We spotted a fire salamander on the ...  read more »
  • the monastery is truly a little gem surrounded by greenery and silence. attended by the elders of the place going to access a candle. is one of the oldest monasteries of Bulgaria. from the entrance to the monastery immediately to the right is a path very clearly signposted towards Lake Boyana and Boyana Church, easy 1 hour and a half about completely into the Woods and then shaded and flat; in this way you can also visit the Boyana Church, another Pearl. If you bring sandwiches and water you can make a small picnic in Vitosha National Park. So if you are armed with some of the spirit of "adventure" our advice is this: take the metro up to vitosha, then at the hadlinka terminal, take bus 64 up to dragalevtski (you can also take the city center just check from the Sofia bus map). from the main square, where you leave the 64 (just ask the other passengers, very kind) take the 93 (journey through history with a bus of the former USSR) to the last stop. from here there is 1 km walking until you get to the monastery from the monastery, take the trail for Boyana and then by Boyana return to town with 64. This is also a way to enjoy the place!
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  • We visited the monastery on a walk up the Vitosha mountain. There's not a great deal to see, but we didn't take a guided tour. It does make a nice break in the walking up the mountain and it gives an ...  read more »
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