Monastery St’s Taxiarches at night (Photo credit: Panayiotis Filippou)
Visitors often get a strange feeling upon walking through the great wooden doors of a Bulgarian monastery leading them into the peace and calm of a courtyard full of trees, flowers and fountains with silvery water. The monasteries’ architecture and anterior are similar to the houses dated from the National Revival period.
The icons decorating the churches have no elements of rigidness, asceticism or mysticism: the eyes of the saints are the eyes of intelligent living people with a rich inner life. Glistening frescoes in strong colors resist time thus complimenting the talents of those who created them – people’s artists
Monasteries have always been an important part of Bulgarian history since it was the place of birth of
Holy Trinity Church of the Bulgarian national revival in Bansko (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
their national culture. During the Ottoman rule (from the 14th until the 19th century) they were the only ones who were able to preserve the spiritual values of the nation. Later, during the National Revival period and the national liberation fight (from the 18th until the 19th century), the monasteries became centers of revolutionary activities and sanctuaries for freedom fighters.
Nowadays they are precious cultural monuments protected by the laws of the state. They have been restored and maintained well. Thousands of people from the whole world come to Bulgaria to see the monasteries and take back the memory of the timeless pieces of work by Bulgarian artists.