Holy Mother's Shroud
The Aidemir monastery “Holy Mother’s Shroud” is situated 2-3km to the west of the town of Aidemir on the way to the town of Rousse.
The Aidemir monastery was built in 1996, while the church’s walls were painted in 2001 by 4 students as their graduation task. The ceiling is soon to be painted by Romanian masters, too. Apart from paintings of well-known saints, the portraits of 12 Durostorum saints (i.e. from the former town of Durostorum, present-day Silistra) out of 23 local canonized saints, as well as the relics of one of these, St. Tezii, can be seen in the church of the Aidemir monastery. These paintings make “Holy Mother’s Shroud” a unique church for the territory of Bulgaria. Another particularity of the church is its collection of glass jars from all over the world. The sealed jars are of different size and contain beautifully made crucifixions inside them. It is believed that the masterly work of all the details and elements inside the jars is achieved with the help of threads and, of course, a lot of patience. The construction of the monastery became possible after the restitution of monastery land that had been transformed into a game-breeding farm during the socialist rule of the country. The former hunters’ hut was donated to the monastery and at present serves as home to the only inhabitants of the monastery – the smooth-tongued and hospitable abbess Ioanna and a girl that gives her a helping hand. Despite the old age of the abbess, the monastery’s yard represents an exceptionally beautiful and well-kept garden of flowers, in the middle of which an arbour appeals to tired pilgrims.
Neither food, nor accommodation is offered.
The monastery is reached down an asphalt off-road that starts from the main roadway connecting the towns of Silistra and Rousse. The distance between the monastery and the main road is about 1km., while the asphalt road is of very good quality.