||Reverend Petka of Bulgaria|
The Koprivets monastery, named ‘Reverend Petka of Bulgaria’ lies just outside the village of Koprivets. The village itself is located 16km away from the town of Byala and 34km to the northwest of the town of Popovo. It is relatively close to the main road connecting Sofia and Varna.
|History and general info|
The monastery dates back to the Second Bulgarian State. It was the biggest cloister in the vicinity of the old town of Cherven. At that time, more than 100 nuns lived permanently in the monastery.
The troops of Midhad Pasha raided the area of Cherven during the Ottoman invasion. They set on fire all the monasteries (including the Koprivets monastery) and the villages in the area. There is a legend that five nuns (Paraskeva, Varvara, Ekaterina, Marina and Nedelya), who stayed at the monastery at the time of the invasion, died in the fire.
Following a local woman’s dream with God appearing in it, the monastery was rebuilt in 1987-1989 in its original place. It was consecrated on October 14, 1989. At present, the monastery and its hosts (Mother Varvara and a few nuns) welcome a lot of pilgrims each year.
Accommodation and food|
There is a restaurant nearby with a name ‘Pri Snezha i Daskalov’ where one can taste traditional Bulgarian dishes. The town of Veliko Turnovo (some 40km away) offers the biggest choice of accommodation in the surrounding area, ranging from luxurious hotels to budget options.
The easiest way to reach Koprivets is by following the main road from Sofia to Varna and then taking the northern road to the town of Byala from Veliko Turnovo. Once in Byala, one needs to ride another 16km to the village of Koprivets.
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