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Divotinski monastery “Sv. Troitsa” / Holy Trinity

Type: Sites and monuments databases or inventories Publisher: National Institute of Archaeology with Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

режим А The monastery was established in 11th century. From the oldest monastery are preserved only small wood parts from the iconostasis and three wall-painting icons. During the Kurdhzali invasions on 1806 AD the monastery was plundered. It is known among the local people as the Kind mon...

St. Panteleymon monastery

Type: Sites and monuments databases or inventories Publisher: National Institute of Archaeology with Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

According to the written sources, the monastery St. Panteleymon was founded in the 10th century. It was burned and destroyed in 1393 during the capture of Pernik fortress. In 1866 it was restored. The construction of the church began in 1908 and was sanctified in 1921. From the monastery...

Rila Monastery St. John of Rila

Type: Sites and monuments databases or inventories Publisher: National Institute of Archaeology with Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

It is a stauropegic monastery, founded in the 10th century. This is the largest monastery in Bulgaria. The monastery wings, built in different periods and having 4 and 5 storeys, surround from all sites the only yard which is in the shape of an irregular pentagon. Throughout its millennia...

“St. Bogoroditsa Spileotisa” monastery

Type: Sites and monuments databases or inventories Publisher: National Institute of Archaeology with Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

The monastery “Sv. Bogoroditsa Spileotisa” is located in the eastern part of the plateau Sv. Nikolai, which is just south of the modern city Melnik. It is surrounded by three sides by steep almost vertical slopes above 100 meters. Archaeological excavations were conducted in 1979 – 1982, f...

Ladzha monastery “St. Konstantin and St. Elena”

Type: Sites and monuments databases or inventories Publisher: National Institute of Archaeology with Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

The monastery was founded in the 13th century and flourished a century later when it became a bishop’s center. During the Ottoman rule, the monastery was destroyed twice. It was reconstructed for the last time in 1846. During the second half of the 19th century it developed into a complex...

St. Dimitar monastery

Type: Sites and monuments databases or inventories Publisher: National Institute of Archaeology with Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

Nowadays, only the church out of the monastery buildings is preserved. It is a small single-nave church with internal dimensions 4.15 x 2.66 m and a height of 5.5 m; it is entirely built with stones bound with mortar.

Kuklen monastery “St. Bezsrebrenitsi (anargyros) Cosmas and Damyan”

Type: Sites and monuments databases or inventories Publisher: National Institute of Archaeology with Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

According to the preserved donor’s inscription on the ayazmo (holly spring), the initial name of the monastery was “St. Bezsrebrenitsi” (anargyros). Its foundation date is unknown. It was mentioned for the first time already in the 11th century in a document regarding the estates of the Ba...

Medieval fortress Urvich and Late Medieval monastery near chuch St. Iliya

Type: Sites and monuments databases or inventories Publisher: National Institute of Archaeology with Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

The defensive wall was erected on the very edge of the steep slopes of the ridge and enclosed a trapezoid-elongated area 350 m long and 150 m wide. There are 5 rectangular towers protruding in front of the line of the wall. The walls of one of the towers are preserved up to 7-8 m and the t...

Karanvarbovski monastery St. Marina

Type: Sites and monuments databases or inventories Publisher: National Institute of Archaeology with Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

The monastery was founded during the Second Bulgarian Empire and existed until the Ottoman rule, when it was demolished. The history of the monastery is divided into three periods: the first period begin with the establishment of the monastery during the Second Bulgarian Empire until the...

Ustrem Monastery “Holy Trinity”

Type: Sites and monuments databases or inventories Publisher: National Institute of Archaeology with Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

This is the largest preserved monastery in the Strandzha-Sakar region. It is assumed that the Ustrem monastery was founded in the 14th century. At the beginning of the 15th century its name is already listed in the Ottoman records. Near by the monastery there is a rock cave known under the...