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Alexandria Monastery
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Batoshevo Monastery
Batulia Monastery
Belashtitsa Monastery
Bilintsi Monastery
Bistritza Monastery St. Ioakim and Anna
Bistritza Monastery St. Petka
Botevgrad (Zelin) Monastery
Buhovo Monastery
Bukorovski Monastery
Chekotinski Monastery
Chepintsi Monastery
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Chiprovtsi Monastery
Chirpan Monastery
Debrashtitsa Monastery
Divotino Monastery
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Eleshnitsa Monastery
Erul Monastery
Etropole Monastery
German Monastery
Gigintsi Monastery
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Godech Monastery
Golyamo Bukovo Monastery
Gorna Banya Monastery
Gorna Breznitsa monastery
Gorni Bogrov Monastery
Gorni Voden Monastery
Gorno Ezerovo Monastery
Gradeshnitsa Monastery
Ilientsi Monastery
Ivanovo Monastery
Kabile Monastery
Kalofer Monastery (brotherhood)
Kalofer Monastery (nunnery)
Kamentsi Monastery
Kapinovo Monastery
Karanvarbovski Monastery
Kardzhali Monastery
Kazanlak Monastery
Kilifarevo Monastery
Kladnitsa Monastery
Klisura MonasteryPopular Monastery
Klisura Monastery St. Petka
Kokalyane Monastery
Koprivets Monastery
Kremikovtsi Monastery
Kuklen Monastery
Lopushanski Monastery
Lozen Monastery
Maglizh Monastery
Merdanya Monastery
Novo Selo Monastery
Obradovski Monastery
Odranitsa Monastery
Osenovlak Monastery
Pancharevo Monastery
Pasarel Monastery
Patriarch Monastery
Petropavlovski Monastery
Plakovo Monastery
Pomorie Monastery
Pravetz Monastery
Razboishki Monastery
Resilovo Monastery
Rila MonasteryPopular Monastery
Rozhen MonasteryPopular Monastery
Ruen Monastery
Samokov Monastery
Seslavtsi Monastery
Shiakovski Monastery
Shipka Monastery
Shuma Monastery
Skravena Monastery
Sokolski Monastery
Sopot Convent
Sopot Monastery
Svishtov Monastery
Syanovo Monastery
Tran Monastery
Transfiguration Monastery
Troyan MonasteryPopular Monastery
Turzhishki (Strupetski) Monastery
Ustrem Monastery
Varna Monastery
Vladaya Monastery
Vrachesh Monastery
Zelenikovets Monastery
Zemen Monastery
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  16/04/2012 - We have added photos from the Bistritsa Monastery St. Ioakim and Anna, situated near Bistritza quarter of Sofia.

  14/05/2009 - Bulgarian Monastery has its own page at Facebook. Become a fan to receive notifications for website updates.

  20/04/2009 - We have added the Batulia Monastery

  04/03/2009 - We have added information about the Bilintsi Monastery St. Archangel Michail

  21/01/2009 - We have added the Ustrem Monastery, the Erul Monastery and the Tran Monastery

  12/05/2008 - A big drive in Northeast Bulgaria - we have added information and photos of the monastery in St Constantina Helena resort, Balgarevo Monastery, Alexandria Monastery, Kamentsi Monastery, Aidemir Monastery, Syanovo Monastery and Karanvarbovski Monastery.

   In the last few years, Bulgarian monasteries, which are closely connected to the historical fate of the Bulgarian state and nation, have witnessed increasing tourist interest. From the very start, monasteries have gained great importance as centres of the Bulgarian literature and culture and have preserved the nation's values during difficult times. Some of the monasteries, which date back to Byzantine times, have played a key role in keeping up the Bulgarians' spirit and self-consciousness during 5 centuries of Ottoman domination. Others were built in the late 20th century in the place of destroyed cloisters in order to restore past glory and respond to the religious needs of local people. Due to Ottoman invasions or merely to the course of time, only few of the still-functioning monasteries keep their original architecture and interior of the buildings. Nevertheless, the visit of each one of them leaves a lasting memory and a deep impression. Some impose on the visitor with their unique design, others - with their valuable icons and masterly wall paintings, third - with their location in most beautiful and wild parts of the country.
    The purpose of this website is not to make a thorough review of all preserved monasteries in Bulgaria but to present only those of tourist value - either for their beautiful architecture and rich history, or the opportunity for a nice holiday in the monastery's complex, or merely the interesting stop these could represent for a traveller. Our team has visited all the included monasteries and has discussed the history of the cloister with a monk or nun in most of them. That makes us proud of giving you first-hand information and sharing with you our unique photos of these monasteries. We hope that you will enjoy browsing our site!


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