Lozen Monastery

Popular Name Lozen
Orthodox Name St. Spas
Region SW, Sofia

Location
The Lozen monastery, St. Spas, is located in the eastern part of the Lozen village in the suburbs of Sofia. It takes 20-30 minutes to get there from the village by following the road to the highest peak in the Lozen mountain Polovrak.

History and general info
The Lozen monastery was built in the 11-12th c. but was destroyed during the invasion of Ottoman troops to Bulgaria in the late 14th century. A monk, who came from the Athos peninsula in Greece, rebuilt it in the 17th century.

The present-day church, St Spas, was built in 1821. It consists of 3 naves. In 1868, the church was painted with frescoes most of which have survived to date. Kiril and Methodi, St Ivan of Rila, Patriarch Evtimii and many other are painted with exceptionally great devotion. Some biblical scenes can be seen, too. Among the images canonized Sofia citizens such as Nikola Novi of Sofia, Geori Novi of Sofia, Konstantin of Sofia can be also recognized.

At present, the existing residential buildings have been renovated and a new residential part has been built for guests. It is a nun's monastery, which functions regularly.
Accommodation and food
The monastery hosts guests in the residential part. Food is not offered there.
Transport
The monastery cannot be easily reached. Only a jeep-type of car can pass along the bad dirt road to the monastery. But from the eastern end of the village of Lozen starts a road which offers a nice walk as it goes straight through the Lozen mountain. It takes not more than 20-30 minutes on foot to get to the monastery.
Contacts


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