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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Rila Monastery

Честит ден на независимостта, България! Happy Independence Day, Bulgaria!

Today, September 22, Bulgaria celebrates its 102nd year since the country's formal declaration of independence from the Ottoman Turkish Empire, so I tagged along with Katya and her daughter Petya, and Petya's boyfriend Asen to the Rila Monastery.

The monastery was built in the 10th century, and is considered the most famous orthodox church in the country. Its absolutely beautiful! This was my second visit (I went the first time during PST with a group of volunteers), and I was glad to have the chance to go again.

Many of the artists who painted the works inside the actual church and along the outside were actually trained at an Icon Shkola/School in Samokov. My town is, for obvious reason, very proud of this.

It's still a working monastery, so the second and third floors are mostly residential for the live-in monks. I love all the wood work!


Zhenite! Me with Katya and Petya.
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