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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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  • Troyan monastery is one of the most worshiped monasteries in Bulgaria. It is situated in a picturescal area surrounded by forest and old time villages. It has played an important role into Bulgarian h...  more »
  • Suggestive monastery to around 2 hours drive from Sofia, architecturally beautiful both inside and out for its excellent frescoes and icons. Of course it affects the icon of our Lady with 3 hands, icon venerated by all Bulgarians and considered miraculous: see a sea of people approaching quietly and with great devotion to the image, come to pray and touch one of the hands and leave a piece of bread as an offering. Really exciting.
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  • At 10 km from Troian, there is an important Monastery that is the third of Bulgaria. Significant not only from a religious point of view. When Bulgaria was part of the Ottoman Empire, the troyan monastery was one of the centers of national liberation movement: the monks gave refuge to the revolutionary Vassil Levski and participated in the uprising. The monastery is willing, like others, on various floors built around several courtyards. The frescoes in the Interior and in the outside of the monastery church were made, in the first half of 1800, by Zahari Zograph, the most significant of the painters who lived during the so-called national revival. Zograph also worked in the Church of Saints Constantine and Helen in Plovdiv, in the Church of Theotokos in Koprivshtitsa, Bachkovo monastery in Rila Monastery, ... Like other religious buildings in the country that was the subject of destructions and reconstructions by the Turks. In the Church the icon of the Virgin with three hands (the original would lie to Mount Tabor), the Holy Theotokos Trocroutchitza, is the object of great veneration by the Orthodox: believers arrive, they gather in front of it, touching one of the hands, turn away ... someone brings a large ring-shaped bread covered by a thin layer of plastic and leaves him there, others light a candle. In this church we witness the baptism of a child according to the Orthodox rite: above a small altar are placed candles, a round bread, a bunch of sdravetz leaves, scissors to cut a lock of hair, a little box to store the lock of hair, ... and in front of the baptismal font where the baby will be surrounded ... After the baptism, ritual, three laps of the celebrant and participants around the altar, the change of dress for little girl ... Churches and Orthodox monasteries there are chairs, at church services assists you in the foot. Outside, under a nice porch frescoed, light a candle for the living and for the dead. In the monasteries and Orthodox churches usually candles (immersed in water or sand) are arranged on two floors (upper for the living, down for the dead), and, anyway, are in separate containers.
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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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