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Troyanski Monastery

Troyanski Monastery
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The Monastery of the Dormition of the Virgin Mary or the Troyanski Monastery (as it is more commonly called) is the third largest monastery in Bulgaria. It is located in the northern part of the country and was founded no later than the end of the 16th century.

The monastery is situated on the banks of the Cherni Osam near Oreshak, a village 10 km from Troyan in Lovech Province, and is a popular tourist destination.

The main church of the monastery was reconstructed near the end of Ottoman rule during the Bulgarian National Revival period by a master-builder called Konstantin in 1835. The ornate interior and exterior of the church were painted between 1847 and 1849 by Zahari Zograf, a popular Bulgarian painter of the time, who also painted the central church of the Rila Monastery, the largest monastery in Bulgaria. Many of the "moral and social experiments" of art at the time such as Doomsday and Wheel of Life were reproduced at Troyan. One highly controversial move by Zograf was to paint his image around one of the windows in the back of the church along with portates of the church-donors. The iconostasis in the central church is a wood carving dating to 1839.

Troyan is also, since the 17th century, the home of one of the holiest icons in Bulgarian Orthodoxy, the Three-Handed Virgin.

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River Island Village
River Island Village
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Guest house Vanya 2
Guest house Vanya 2
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Guest house Hitar Petar
Guest house Hitar Petar
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Villa Vanya
Villa Vanya
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