On the outskirts of Veliko Tarnovo, hidden away in the high  wooded cliffs that surround the old city, is Bulgaria’s 3rd largest monastery. We havent had any time for exploring Bulgaria to date, but since Linda’s friend Cathy is here on holiday, we’ve taken some time off from renovating.

Originally built in the 13th. Century, but repeatedly plundered and burned by the Turks during Ottoman rule, the present monastery was finally re-built once again after Bulgaria gained its Independence from Turkey in 1878.

Once through the arched entrance you enter a courtyard.

The outer walls are painted in frescos and are  in a remarkable state of preservation.

The inside was also in remarkably good condition.

Outside, the monks quarters.

One of the large fallen rocks from past Earthquakes.

~ by travelswithmymotorbike on September 13, 2011.


  1. Great photos, looks like your having better weather than us mate!!

  2. Great pics Dave

  3. Thats some size of rock to be falling down on you lol

    • Hi Owen,

      Indeed, there was also a larger one that had fallen on the road that leads up to the Monastery…



  4. They’ve done a great job saving the old place.

    • Hi Graham,

      Yes, the Monks can live in peace up there now, except for passing tourists that is…



  5. This is the first we’ve seen of Bulgaria for a while, keep it up!!

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