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Troyan Monastery, Troyan

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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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  • 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 »
  • This Monastery has a lot to offer, history, spiritual retreat, great location. Unfortunately management seems to be not so good  more »
  • The tour is worth. A beautiful monastery in the typical way. The restoration works were still running, but much has already been completed.
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  • 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 💖
  • ABSOLUTELY PHENOMENAL! !!
  • A charming place of refuge from the hustle and bustle.
  • More of tourist attraction than a place of worship.
  • Lovely I recommend it
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