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Troyan Monastery, Troyan

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Religious Site Tourist Spot
The Monastery of the Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God or, as it is more commonly called, the Troyan Monastery is the third largest monastery in Bulgaria. It is located in the northern part of the country in the Balkan mountains and was founded no later than the end of the 16th century.The monastery is situated on the banks of the Cherni Osam near Oreshak, a village 10 km from Troyan in Lovech Province, and is a popular tourist destination.The main church of the monastery was reconstructed near the end of Ottoman rule during the Bulgarian National Revival period by a master-builder called Konstantin in 1835. The ornate interior and exterior of the church were painted between 1847 and 1849 by Zahari Zograph, a popular Bulgarian painter of the time, who also painted the central church of the Rila Monastery, the largest monastery in Bulgaria. Many of the "moral and social experiments" of art at the time such as Doomsday and Wheel of Life were reproduced at Troyan. One highly controversial move by Zograph was to paint his image around one of the windows in the back of the church.The iconostasis in the central church is a wood carving dating to 1839.
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Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • Nestling in the beautiful mountains of the Stara Planina, this monastery isn't on such a grand scale as its rather more famous cousin in Rila, but I felt it gave it even more character and charm and i...  more »
  • I've been there several times last few years, but this year Monastery looks great, because of the good restoration work and opened new places for visitors.  more »
  • A small and quaint monestary with a beautifully painted church and a little museum room dedicated to Levski. Worth visiting if you're in the area,but nothing to go out of your way for.  more »
Google
  • A beautiful&peaceful Monastery...less crowded than Rila and more authentic. Not to miss if you visit Bulgaria
  • Amazing atmosphere, and the priests even invited us in their home, at the beautiful balcony, they were amazing and interesting to talk to, at the end of our visit, they even gave us a icon and a cross! I can't wait to visit them again 💖
  • Beautiful place!
  • Nice.
  • Wonderful place. I recommend it .