Kokalyane Monastery

Popular Name Kokalyane
Orthodox Name St. Arhangel Michael
Region SW, Sofia

The Kokalyane cloister, St. Archangel Michael, also known as the Urvich monastery, is situated amid beautiful scenery of the Plana mountain, about 4km away from the village of Kokalyane (in the outskirts of the city of Sofia).

History and general info
According to some legends and historical documents, the Kokalyane monastery was built during the rule of Tsar Samuil in 11th century. In fact, it dates back to the Second Bulgarian State. The cloister was set on fire twice during the Turkish domination. It was completely restored after the Liberation (1878). In 1896 a new church was erected in the place of the old one. It represents a large one-nave building without a dome, located in the middle of the inner yard. Besides it, the entire complex consists of two residential buildings, two chapels, farmyards and a beautiful bell-tower. The cloister is surrounded by a thick, high wall.

In the Kokalyane monastery the so-called Urvich Collection was found. It consists of laudatory words for Archangels Michael and Gavriil. In 1969, the monastery was declared a monument of culture.
Accommodation and food
Not offered at this time.
It is relatively hard to get to St. Archangel Michael. One can either get to the centre of the village of Kokalyane and then set off down a bad dirty road (on foot or by a van or jeep), or alternatively, take a walk down a tourist path (40-50 minutes), which is hard to miss because of a noticeable bridge near its first steps.

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