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The Bachkovo Monastery

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This is one of the most visited and revered monasteries in the Balkans. It was founded in 1083 by brothers Gregory and Apasii Bakuriani (Pakurian). Constantly updated, today, the monastery complex includes buildings from the 11th, 12th,17th and 19th century, united in a harmonious architectural ensemble. The monastery owes its fame to the fact that it reflects the Armenian-Georgian, Greek and Bulgarian influences in its architecture, frescoes and icons as well as spiritual and cultural activity of the monks. Here, the Georgian philosopher John Petritsi and many Greek and Bulgarian writers worked and created. The artistic and architectural heritage of Bachkovo is the collective work of many masters with different schooling, talent and backgrounds. They worked in different times and epochs. The result of their talent, however, is a comprehensive, unified ensemble with of a lasting value and importance. Mitkulishev Photography Ivan Mandevski © Photo: Svetoslav Todev

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