The Zemen monastery, named St John the Theologian, is situated just outside the town of Zemen, about 15km down off the main road from Sofia to the town of Kyustendil and the border checkpoint of Gyeshevo. It is located in a beautiful area in the skirts of the Konyavska mountain, not far away from the Zemen defile in the valley of the Struma river.
About the monastery:
Even if it is one of the popular Bulgarian monasteries among tourists, St. John the Theologian is relatively small and presently is not run by monks or nuns. Guests are received by an old couple who maintain the complex and retell its history.