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Transfiguration Monastery

The Transfiguration Monastery, erected 7 km from Veliko Turnovo in one of the pictureque gorges of the Yantra River, is a masterpiece of another age and of different principles in architecture and art. It was burned to the ground when the capital of the Second Bulgarian State was taken; centuries had passed before life was reinstated here. The monastery was rebuilt only in 1825.

A part of the building and the Holy Virgin Church were erected - a revival of the late XIV century Athos type of architecture, an absolute exception from the ideas and construction principles of the National Revival period. Construction of the second church - The Transfiguration - started in 1832.

The famous architect of the Bulgarian National Revival, Kolyo Ficheto, embarked on the construction of the new church. He created one of the supreme examples of Bulgarian Baroque - a cruciform, three - apside and domeshaped building.

The Transfiguration Church was painted by Zahary Zograph. Some of the icons were also painted by him, others - by Stanislav Dospevski.

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