Botevgrad (Zelin) Monastery

Popular Name Botevgrad (Zelin)
Orthodox Name The Nativity of Mother of God
Region SW, Sofia

The Zelin Monastery “The Nativity of Mother of God”, also known as Botevgrad monastery, is situated near the town of Botevgrad, some 2.5km to the southeast of the town. The monastery is one of few Bulgarian monasteries that lie in the field and not in the mountains.

History and general info
Zelin monastery is believed to have been established in the 14th c. In 1926 it was restored and nowadays it functions as a monks’ cloister.

The monastery complex consists of a church and several small residential buildings. The church was erected in 1926 and consecrated in the same year by the Branitski Bishop Maxim (incumbent Patriarch Maxim). It represents a small, one-nave, one-apse building with a narthex and a humble bell-tower. The church does not boasts of a rich decoration but has a beautiful iconostasis. A marble plate next to the entrance of the church says that once the village of Zelin was situated in this area but in the late 18th c. its inhabitants moved to a newly established village that gradually grew into present-day Botevgrad.
Accommodation and food
Not offered at this time.
To reach the monastery, one should take an asphalt road from the center of Botevgrad in southern direction. It is recommended to ask local people for the right way because of lack of road signs.
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