Ivanovo Rock Monaste
Author: Д. Колева, 8 km From Bozhichen. , Адрес: Ruse, с. Иваново, Gps coordinates: N 43.6947984 E 25.9866175
South of Rousse, along the river Rousse Lom is one of the four preserved rock monasteries in the country-rock manatiri complex Ivanovski. But he differs from others not only well-preserved frescoes, and its very konstruirane.V most Bulgarian monasteries churches are 1-2, but there was more than 40, while other cells and more than 300 rooms. It is assumed that the first otchelnitsi have settled in the caves of the rock in the 10th century. At a height of about 32 meters above the river, they began to dig their cells, churches and chapels in the rock. The flowering of the monastery complex started in the 20s of the 13th century, when the monk settled Joachim, who later became the first Turnovo patriarch. Joachim is considered the founder of the monastery and gave him the name "Archangel Michael". Throughout its medieval existence, the monastery has maintained secret ties with the royal court. His donors were famous kings as Ivan Asen II, Tsar Ivan Alexander even believe that George - Terter has spent the last years of his life in Ivanovo rock monastery.
Well preserved are five churches called. "Buried" church Krashtalnyata, God's Gorge, "Ruined" church and the church "St. Mary. " They can see the unique, colorful murals that show the skills of the masters of the Turnovo School and boldly go well beyond the canon of Byzantine iconography. Depicts a number of biblical scenes including "The Last Supper", "Blagoslavashtiya Jesus Christ," "Ascension," etc. Unique is the main church "St. Virgin Mary". There Tarnovo painters are able to weave ancient Hellenistic motifs with Christian symbols and values to create a masterpiece of medieval Bulgarian art.
Monastery continues to exist in the early centuries of Ottoman rule, but was gradually abandoned.
Today it is a popular tourist destination. Located in the Natural Park "Rousse Lom". Included in the list of World Heritage by UNESCO.
By Ivanovo rock monasteries within easy reach. Located 18 km south of Rousse on the road to the village of Ivanovo. There are many signs that direct visitors. Rock Monasteries are not functioning monastery and therefore do not offer accommodation and food.
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