The beautiful Bulgarian monasteries have survived the test of time and fascinate present-day tourists with their harmonious and pure look. There are about 120 monasteries in Bulgaria and each of them has rich history. Nearly all of them are surrounded with virgin green forests and are located in the mountains.

The Troyan monastery was built in the end of the 16th century with the precise date still unknown. It’s the third largest monastery in Bulgaria. The monastery, as its name hints, is located near the city of Troyan, on the banks of village Cherni Ossam.

The main building of the Troyan monastery was renovated a few decades before the end of the Ottoman rule in Bulgaria by Konstatin – a master-builder. The unique ornate interior and exterior was painted by Zahari Zograph between 1847 and 1849. Zograph was a popular painter who also had the honor of painting the church of the Rila Monastery, which is actually the largest one in Bulgaria. An interesting fact worth knowing is that Zograph painted his image near one of the churches’ back windows. He also reproduced a few of the popular “moral experiments” at the time – Wheel of Life and Doomsday.

One of the holiest Bulgarian icons, the Three-Handed Virgin, was moved to the Troyan monastery in the 17th century and can still be seen there. The monastery is also a popular destination for pilgrims, because of the St. George’s icon that can be seen in the main church.

Troyan monastery is a popular tourist destination. Reaching it with a car is easy – the city and the monastery are only a 3 hour drive away from the capital city of Sofia. If you are planning on visiting, you certainly won’t be making a mistake. The Troyan monastery is a place where every tourist can take a closer look at the Bulgarian history and religion.

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