Cherepish Monastery

Cherepish Monastery
Cherepish Monastery

History links the name of Sophronius of Vratsa, a renowned Bulgarian saint, with the Cherepish Monastery. Like all other Bulgarian monasteries, this one also rises above a river - the Iskar. Over the centuries, men of letters, translators and calligraphers made their home in the monastery.

Those have left us with such valuable works as the Cherepish Gospel of the XVI century, bound in 1512 with gold cover and depicting scriptural scenes; the Gospel of the Monk Danail, Jacob's Book of Apostles (both dating from the XVII century), and the Margarit collection of sermons and precepts compiled by Priest Todor of Vratsa in 1762.

The approximate date of the monastery's establishment is certified in wilting: a deed recorded between 1390 and 1396 is kept today at Sofia's Church Historical and Archaeological Museum. Some of the murals in the old church were probably painted around the mid - XIX century by Tryavna artists, but these are now badly damaged. The loss is somewhat compensated for by the skilfully carved iconostasis and bishop's throne.






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