Bulgaria – Sokolovo Monastery

Sokolovo Monastery

The Sokolovo Monastery (also known as Sokolski Monastery) is located along the Northern slopes of the Balkan Range (otherwise known in Bulgaria as the Stara Planina Mountains).  To get to the monastery you have to travel via the Shipka pass of the Balkan range – headed from Kazanlak towards Gabrovo.  You will find signs for it – here is a map so you have an idea of relative location:


 

The history of the monastery dates back to 1833 when Yosif Sokolski together with the hierarch-monk Agapii restored this ancient monastery. The monastery's complex is built on two different levels – with the main monastery buildings on the upper level and the Church on the lower level.   In 1862, Father Paul Zograf and his son Nikola from the village of Shipka decorated the church with frescoes. The water fountan in the middle of the monastery court yard was designed and built by Kolyo Ficheto – a quite famous Bulgarian Revival architect and builder.

Here are some photos we have taken at the monastery several years ago:

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