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Bulgaria adopted Christianity in 864 and it immediately became binding for all subjects of the Bulgarian ruler. The new religion swept into Bulgaria from the neighboring Byzantium bringing the whole of its traditional organization and structures. The monastery was one of them. The first ever reliable records testifying to the existence of a...

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The Zemen monastery “Saint Joan Bogoslov”

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...

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The Ustrem monastery “Saint Troitza” (Holy Trinity)

The Ustrem Monastery" Sveta Troitza" /Holy Trinity/ is situated near the village of Ustrem at a distance of 20 km from Topolovgrad. It was built on this site in XIV c. which was mentioned in an Ottoman document from the beginning of XV c. The monastery's yard has the...

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The Troyan monastery “Uspenie Bogorodichno” (The Assumption)

The Troyan Monastery "Uspenie Bogorodichno"/The Assumption/ lies at a distance of 10 km east of Troyan in a beautiful site on the bank of the Cherni Osam River. The Troyan Monastery is a monument of culture, which attracts thousands of tourists with its architectural, natural, historic and artistic landmarks. It has...

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