Troyan Monastery

Bulgaria’s third largest monastery is located 10 km to the southeast from the town of Troyan, on the left bank of the Cherni Osam River, between the villages of Oreshak and Cherni Osam.
The Troyan monastery “Holy Virgin” was built at the end of the 15th c. by Master Konstantin from Peshtera and is mostly famous for the interior and exterior frescoes, painted by Zahari Zograf - Bulgaria’s most celebrated National Revival painter. The highlight of his work is outside the church porch, a vivid series of scenes depicting The Last Judgment, including a macabre figure of Death bundling unfortunates into the gaping mouth of hell. The theme is developed along the west side of the church’s facade with St. Peter admitting the virtuous to the Garden of Eden. More of Zahari’s work appears in the vestibule, which is framed by pictures of horse-riding Russian warrior-Saints and his self-portrait, visible in a window niche on the north side of the nave. Zahari’s brother, Dimitar, painted the icons in the exquisite iconostasis with intricately wrought walnut pillars topped by exotic birds, each holding a snake in its bead.

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The monastery church is a home to what is belived to be a miraculous icon of Holy Virgin Troeruchitza (the three-handed Virgin). Devoted pilgrims believe this icon has the power to cure ailments and fulfil grant wishes and come to the monastery with hopes and messages for the future.
During the time of the struggles for national freedom the monastery was a genuine revolutionary nest. All monks took part in the revolutionary committee headed by Father Makarii. The Bulgarian Apostle of Freedom - Vassil Levski often came visited the monastery too. In the room he used, turned into a museum now, one can see the wooden cupboard in which he hid when agents of the Turkish sultan came in the monastery.

Photos from Troyan Monastery

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