Monastery "St. Elias" in Teteven - Monasteries

Monastery "St. Elias" in Teteven - Monasteries 

In the secretive dollars at the foot of Mount Ostrech located Teteven monastery "St. Elias". The monastery was built before the fall of Bulgaria under Ottoman rule. Tradition says that King Shishman donated the monastery wooden cross overlaid with silver and depicts scenes of his gospel. The earliest document in the monastery was in 1600 by priest Basil (lived and worked there). Other sources indicate that the monastery from XIV century. In 1705 scholar Stanyo Tetovene of painted icons in the monastery. It was acting religious school. Have been preserved collections of the XVI century (XVII century), containing prayers, spells, wisdom, teachings and records. In 1799 it Sophronius of Vratsa is twice the protection of Kardzhalimen invasions. In 1801, when Kurdzhalii Teteven burned the monastery "St. Elias" miraculously survived. The monastery church has an interesting architecture. The walls of the altar are semicircular (konhi) outlining the trefoil. Two other konhi outline rear. The church is dvukupolna and covered with slabs. Construction is in two stages. The first one apse dome, which in 1869 was destroyed and two rear dostroena konhi and second dome. The frescoes are seriously damaged. Saved interesting icons. The oldest icon ot1776 year of St. Michael (53h80sm.). In the lower right corner reads: "popPav.1776g.". The icon is painted on board and was screwed. There is an icon and St. Elias. From later times is another icon of the Archangel Michael (53h72sm.), which was painted by iconographer Nencho Naydenov of Troyan (September 20, 1861). It was a gift from George Bratanov. Icon "The Assumption of the Virgin Mary" is the work of painter Ivan D. Samokov Dospevski (son of Stanislaw Dospevski) (1874). The icons are embedded in the iconostasis, which is in two parts, (older and newer). The ornaments have a story of plant life, and the authors of the famous icon-carving school.

National poet Ivan Vazov said: "If I had not come to Teteven, I would be a foreigner in Bulgaria mother! Your region is filled with such beauty that I'm stunned ....."

 

 

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