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Troyan Monastery

Author: Таня Димитрова, 2.2 km From Cherni Osam.    , GPS coordinates: N 42.8623395    E 24.7809047
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  Monastery is situated ten kilometers from the town of Troyan, nestled in the north of Troyan. The monastery is the third largest in Bulgaria. Created in the 17th century by monks from Mount Athos, they brought with them the miraculous icon of Virgin Mary Three-handed, which is the patroness of the monastery. Originally the site of the monastery there was a small wooden church "Virgin Birth", housing for the monks and gostopremnitsa. In the early 18th century were first built more buildings of the monastery, and then water was carried out in the holy place, and in the middle of the century began to work and school.Alumni, which has been prominent clerics. At that time St. Troyan Monastery Cloister "Assumption" received the blessing of the Supreme ecclesiastical authority.

    At a later stage in the new monastery was built a large church, with its spelling is borrowed best Renaissance painter Zahari Zograf. The church is distinguished by unique icons and beautiful carvings. Then were built and new residential buildings and existing ones were expanded.

    Several years later, was built five story bell tower, which today is a monument of culture and a small wooden chapel. With their donations and hard work, local residents helped to build a monastery. During the revolution the monastery gave shelter to revolutionaries and rebels. After the outbreak of the April uprising in the monastery was open a command center Voevodes Panayotov George and Thomas Hitrov and during the Russo-Turkish War of the monastery was turned into a hospital for wounded soldiers.

  Monastery, "Assumption" is located about 400 meters above sea level, 10 km. southeast of Troyan. Nestled in the foothills of the Balkan Mountains and near the waters of Black River Osam.

   The Troyan Monastery can be reached by asphalt road from the town of Troyan Oreshak, road signs is enough to show the way to the monastery.

   Monastery and a hotel with well furnished rooms and the area has several good restaurants where you can try Balkan dishes and famous Troyan plum brandy, cooked according to old recipes.

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