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Popular NameSopot Convent
Orthodox NameThe Presentation of God's Mother to the Temple
RegionPlovdiv
Location
Sopot Convent - location mapThe Sopot convent The Presentation of God's Mother to the Temple is situated in the center of the town of Sopot. It forms a historical ensemble with Radas Girls School and the St Apostles Peter and Paul church. An extremely beautiful and well-kept garden and buildings that have preserved their ancient look and spirit unveil behind the thick wall of the monastery.


History and general info
The Sopot convent was established in 1665. Following the destruction of Sopot by fire in 1877 by the Turks during the Russian-Turkish War it was only the residential building with wide porches, the church and the vine that survived. The church The Presentation of God's Mother to the Temple is rather interesting from an architectural point of view, as it does not have a clearly shown apse in its eastern side and is half-dug beneath the surface. Also noteworthy are its wall-paintings from the 17th c. the so-called saints without heads and the royal line of the iconostasis.

The cell of a nun named Hristina and the entrance to a hiding place, where the nun hid Vassil Levski, were to be found in the first floor of the residential building with wide porches, built in the 18th c. A monastery school that functioned until 1850 and in which one of the first Bulgarian teachers, Nedelya Petkova, studied, was arranged in the southern cell on the second floor of the same building. The northern cell in the same floor in turn hosted Hadzhi Rovoama and her novice Rada Gospozhina that served as a prototype of one of the protagonists of Ivan Vazov in his novel Under the Yoke. The monastery also keeps the oldest grape vine in Southeastern Europe (and maybe even in the whole of Europe) that is of the same age as the convent and still gives fruit.

The monastery had hosted a scriptorium for copying of religious books, as well as an icon-painting school for nuns that operated until the 30es of the 20th c. At present, the monastery has the status of a monument of culture of national significance and continues to operate as a nunnery.
Accommodation and food
Food and accommodation are not offered.
Transport
The monastery is situated in the very centre of the town of Sopot.
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Sopot Convent - the Entrance
Sopot Convent - the Entrance

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Sopot Convent - the Complex
Sopot Convent - the Complex

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Sopot Convent - the Complex
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Sopot Convent - the Entrance of the Church
Sopot Convent - the Entrance of the Church

Sopot Convent - inside the Church
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Sopot Convent - the Yard
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