The Zemen Monastery "Saint Joan Bogoslov" is located to the west of the town of Zemen. It is closely related to the history of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom. The monastery was part of the medieval fortress Zemlingrad which guarded the strategic Zemen Gorge. The monastery's church dates back to the end of XI c. and the beginning of XII c. In the middle of XIV c. the church was decorated and renovated from the Velbuzhd ruler Deyan. This is understood from an inscription next to the portraits of the founder and his family. The church is one of the most perfect in terms of proportions and special distribution cult buildings in the medieval Bulgarian architecture. Its walls are of well-hewn stone blocks. The murals in the Zemen church relate to the so called "folk trend" in the art of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom.
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