Etropole Monastery Bulgaria - Travel Guide, Tours, Hotels and Photos - Pictures of Bulgaria

Bulgaria
Home   About Bulgaria   Regions   Settlements A-Z   Sightseeing A-Z   Useful Info   Travel Tips   Articles
Bulgaria Hotels   Bulgaria Tours   Bulgaria Car Rentals   Hot Offers   Maps of Towns   Free Wallpapers   Forum
Pictures of Etropole Monastery:

Etropole Monastery

Etropole Monastery


View photo gallery
Sea Tourism
Mountain Tourism
Rural Tourism
Ski Resorts
Spa Resorts
Monasteries
Natural Parks & Reserves
UNESCO Heritage
Culture Tourism
Wine Tourism
Caving
Hot Offers - Hotel and Tour Discounts
Most Popular Destinations
User Contributed Pictures
Sitemap by Category
Sitemap by Region
Sitemap by Pictures
Sitemap by Hotels
Registration
Login / Logout


Monasteries: Etropole Monastery

Etropole Monastery - Pictures Of Bulgaria
Location:
The St Trinity monastery is situated at the foot of the Black Peak of the Balkan mountains (not to be confused with the more pupular Black Peak of the Vitosha mountain), about 5km east of the town of Etropole. It is built over a lime rock, wherefrom its nickname of Varovitets (Lime Monastery) must come. The surrounding area is perfect for an enjoyable holiday in the open air and a good rest.

About the monastery:
The Etropole monastery has its roots down into the years of the second Bulgarian state. According to the legend, St John of Rila settled in a nearby cave in the area of Varovitets in search of peace and solitude. However, shortly afterwards, the proximity to the town of Etropole convinces him to leave the cave and move to the Rila mountain, far away from laymens vanity. Nevertheless, the local people of Etropole declared the place holy and laid the foundations of the present-day monastery. During the time of the Ottoman rule in Bulgarian lands, the cloister was abandoned by its monks and left uninhabited for centuries. Yet by the end of the 16th century, it was restored and monks again settled in to transform it into one of the biggest cultural centres of the Bulgarian people. To a large degree, the monasterys prosperity was due to the softer regime of control the town of Etropole was subjected to during Ottoman times, due to its role of a strategic mining centre. The monasterys church St Trinity has retained its present-day look since 1858 and currently is considered a remarkable monument of Bulgarian architecture from the time of the Renaissance. It was built by Ivan Boyanin from the Bratsigovo architecture school and represents an imposing cross-like building with five domes. The churchs wall paintings were made later, in 1907.

User Contributed Pictures




Related Categories

Featured Hotels - Prices and Fast Bookings

No hotels found
Monasteries:
 Aidemir Monastery
 Aladja Monastery
 Arapovski Monastery
 Arbanasi Monastery
 Bachkovo Monastery
 Bakadzhishki Monastery
 Basarbovski Monastery
 Batoshevski Monastery
 Belashtitza Monastery
 Cherepish Monastery
 Chiprovtsi Monastery
 Constantine and Helena Monastery
 Divotinski Monastery
 Dragalevtsi Monastery
 Dryanovo Monastery
 Glozhene Monastery
 Godech Monastery
 Gorna Breznitsa Monastery
 Gornovodenski Monastery
 Ivanovo Monastery
 Kabile Monastery
 Kapinovski Monastery
 Kilifarevo Monastery
 Klisura Monastery
 Klisura Monastery St. Petka
 Kokalyane Monastery
 Koprivetz Monastery
 Kouklen Monastery
 Kremikovtsi Monastery
 Lopushanski Monastery

Bulgaria Regions: Sofia District