Rozhen Monastery "Virgin Birth" - Melnik
Author: ROOMS.bg , 7.9 km From Melnik. , Gps coordinates: N 41.5304953 E 23.4265395
Rozhen monastery is located near the village of Rozhen. The village is located six kilometers from the town of Melnik and that the monastery is the godfather of the village. Rozhesnki monastery and the church "St. Nativity of the Virgin" is the largest sanctuary in the Pirin region. It is one of the few medieval temples, which nowadays are almost retained its original and authentic form.
It is unclear exactly when the monastery was built. In the late 17th century it was burned and the archive is irrevocably destroyed. According to sources stored in Athos, Rozhen monastery existed as early as 890 years. After major damage that fire causes the monastery, Christians from across the country collect money for his recovery and in the 18th century. A century later became the spiritual center of the Pirin region resembles a medieval fortress. It consists of several buildings in the middle of which lies a beautiful yard, and there is nestled a small church. Church of Nativity of the Virgin has a unique wood-carved iconostasis. It is quite old it is believed was built in the 16th century. Some of the buildings that surround the church dating from before the fire, while others were built at different points in time. Besides dalgovekovnoto existence the monastery evokes admiration and best preserved frescoes, with its unique carvings and stained glass. Among Christians Rozhen monastery is famous for its miraculous icon of Virgin Mary. Belief is that the icon is one of the few copies made of light iron, it was owned by the widow of Greece. To save the icon of the Emperor Theophilus, she discarded the icon in the waters. Nowadays, the miraculous icon icon kept in the chapel "St. St. Cosmas and Damian "located near the village municipality of Plovdiv Puppet. Today the monastery live about twenty monks. Every year on September 8, hundreds of believers gathered in the temple, where celebrating the birth of the Virgin Mary, and then the feast of the Rozhen Monastery.
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