The Bukorovtsi monastery “St. George the Victorious” rises in the a plain close to the village of Bukorovtsi, some 8,2 km. away from the town of Godech and about 50km to the northwest of Sofia.
The Bukorovtsi monastery is the only monastery in Bulgaria that has five churches within its limits – reportedly there are only two other such monasteries in the world. At present the only church that is open to visitors is “St. George”, while the other four (St. Petka, St. St. Cyril and Methodius, St. Nedelya and All Saints) are in need of clearance and restoration. Information on the history of the monastery is extremely scarce. It is known that the monastery was built over the foundations of 5 old churches and that excavations uncovered the oldest calendar in Europe, having the shape of a turtle. The stone, over which “the turtle” was found, has been preserved, too. At present, monks or nuns do not live in the monastery. The Bukorovtsi cloister has been looked after by an old woman, Granma Tsetsa for many years now. On Easter and St. George’s Day, a ceremonial service is conducted at the monastery.
Neither food, nor accommodation is offered.
The monastery can be reached from the town of Godech by following the road to the villages of Tuden and Razboishte. After exiting Tuden and before entering Razboishte, one needs to take a signed dirty offroad to the left that leads to the monastery. The dirty road is slightly more than a kilometer long but is hard to pass by car during winter or when rainy.