Troyan Monastery, Troyan

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The Monastery of the Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God (Троянски манастир „Успение Богородично“) 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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  • Although quite a bit older the monastery of Troyan, as it appears today, is mainly a creation of the Bulgarian Renaissance, that attractive architectonic style, which flourished in the 19th century. T...  more »
  • The monastery is great at summer and also at winter time. We had a lunch in Troyan than we went to the monastery  more »
  • Among the major monasteries of Bulgaria, is located about ten kilometers from the town of the same name. Devastated by the Turks, was rebuilt in 1821-35 and became a centre of the liberation movement. In addition to the buildings that House the cells, there is the church dedicated to the Virgin Mary with frescos very well known: last judgment with a sn paradise with Peter who opens the gate of heaven, right the damned around the river of hell populated by Turks and women of easy virtue. Famous 18th-century icon of the Virgin of the three hands.
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