Thursday, October 18, 2012

Dragalevtzi Monastery


Bells tower behind the church
                                                        




















The pictures in frames are newer. The older paintings were all done on the walls.  During the Ottoman rule most of the paintings from the 1300 were destroyed or badly damaged.

The Dragalevtsi monastery, named Virgin Mary of Vitosha, is nestled on the hillside close to the village of Dragalevtsi, up on the lower parts of the vitosha mountain. In contrast to most other Bulgarian monasteries, this monastery was saved from destruction by the Ottoman conquerors. It was abandoned by the monks soon after the Ottoman take over in 1393 . However, in 1476, it was renovated and brought back to life by a Sofia boyar, Radoslav Mavar. The church and monastery are functioning today

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