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The Sopot Monastery

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The emergence of the Sopot Monastery is associated with a medieval fortress - Kopsis (today Anevsko Kale). It was the capital of the local ruler despot, Voysil. Most likely, the monastery is the successor of the former monastery in the Sopot area - St. Trinity, which disappeared about 11th or 12th century. During the Ottoman rule Sopot Monastery was destroyed and rebuilt several times. Only the altar of the church survived intact. In 1879, the monastery was rebuilt during the times of the Abbot Raphael and, since then, retains its present form. Sopot Monastery is described by Ivan Vazov, one of the greatest Bulgarian writers, in his novel "Under the Yoke". Mitkulishev Photography Ivan Mandevski © Photo: Svetoslav Todev

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