Troyan Monastery, Troyan

#3 of 14 in Things to do in Lovech Province
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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  • We came here and asked to stay in one of the rooms for the night. It was very special to come back from dinner and be alone in the courtyard looking at this beautiful monastery. Same thing early in th...  more »
  • excellent afternoon visit this is one of the larger Monasteries in the area, and is very interesting, on many levels, historically & not just for Christians, the town of Troyan is also a "Must see" vi...  more »
  • Troyan Monastery-the third largest after Rila and Bachkovo monasteries in Bulgaria. Each of them is attractive and compare them pointless. They have settled down so as not to compete with each other and embraced by strangers and pilgrims travelling to different parts of the world. In the troyan monastery can be reached by city bus from the Trojan, but he runs irregularly or optional. Five years ago, I came here for the first time by taxi from Sofia. Yesterday-on a passing car from Shipkovo. Time seems to have stopped in the monastery yard and an ancient Church. Except on the tomb of Patriarch Maxim appeared white stone cross (five years ago was in a monastery a week after his funeral). The last time visited the cell where he was hiding in. Levski. This time around, deliberately bypassed the small monastery cemetery, where were archimandrites and monks, as well as townspeople, who left an imprint on the life of Trojan.
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