Chiprovtsi Monastery

Popular Name Chiprovtsi
Orthodox Name St. Ivan of Rila
Region NW, Montana

Location
The Chiprovtsi monastery lies in the valley of the Chiprovska Ogosta river, at the foot of the Yazova mountain (a part of the Western Balkan mountain range), about 4km to the northeast of the town of Chprovtsi, famous for its carpet-waving industry.

History and general info
The Chiprovtsi monastery, named St. John of Rila, originated back to 10th century AD. It was built during the very first Bulgarian state in order to strengthen the position of Christianity and help the deed of Cyril and Metodius who introduced the Cyrillic alphabet in the country. For 9 centuries, the Chiprovtsi monastery not only survived but acted as a cultural and educational centre. It was a witness of the Magyar invasion in the 13th century, the fall under Ottoman rule in the 14th century and the raids of Mihail Hrabri in the 15th century. It served as a main shelter and also as a focal point in the uprisings of Konstantin Fruzhin in the 15th century and of the Chiprovtsi inhabitants in the 17th century. The monastery was partially destroyed and then reconstructed more than once with the financial support of wealthy Bulgarians.

One of the most significant buildings in the monastery is the tower-ossuary as it holds the bones of some of the victims of the Chiprovtsi uprising. The St. Anastasii the Great chapel, which is thoroughly decorated with frescoes, represents an interesting architectural and artistic object as well. An interesting fact is that in 1800, the Russian emperor himself sent a Gospel as a gift to the cloister.
Accommodation and food
The monastery does not offer food or accommodation at this time. An additional residential building has been finished but most probably it would be used for accommodating pilgrims, and not as a hotel.
Transport
It is easy to get to the Chiprovtsi monastery by car, following the road from the town of Montana to the town of Chiprovtsi. The monastery lies close to the main road, about 5km before one reaches Chiprovtsi.
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