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Monasteries: Batoshevski Monastery

Batoshevski Monastery - Pictures Of Bulgaria
The Batoshevo monastery lies several kilometers above the village of Batoshevo, which in turn is situated some 10km to the south of the town of Sevlievo, on the bank of the Rositsa river.

According to a marble stone inscription exhibited in the Batoshevo villages museum, the monastery was established in the year 1250 during the rule of Tzar Michail Assen. The monastery was destroyed with the fall of the Bulgarian state under Ottoman rule. In 1809, a monk from the town of Troyan, Isay, came as a hermit to this place. One day the monk heard the story of a herdswoman who one evening, while seeking for lost cattle, saw a mother and a child sitting over a stone and crying for being left forgotten and homeless. The monk found the herdwoman and interpreted her vision as the request of Gods Mother to have a monastery rebuilt in this place. Isay built a small cottage close to the stone, hang an icon inside and started living here as a hermit. Isay also started traveling often to Sevlievo and Batoshevo and telling the story of the herdswoman to the local people, trying to raise money for a new monastery.

Unfortunately, Isay was not able to finish his deed as he was forced out of his place. In 1831, however, during a plague epidemic, many citizens of Sevlievo left their homes and fled to the Balkan mountain. The people then took a vow to build a monastery in the place of the old Batoshevo monastery if they survive the epidemic. And so it happened. It took four years to collect all the needed documents and raise money. Construction started in 1836 with donations from Gabrovo tradesmen, Sevlievo craftsmen and other rich Bulgarians. The first father superior of the new monastery is Hadzhi Makarii from the town of Troyan. The monastery became quickly a renowned religious school and even the famous Bacho Kiro Petrov spent two years in studies here.

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