Monday, 8 May 2017

Monastery St Ivan Pusti, Bulgaria



That is one very small monastery, which I found not very far from the town of Vratsa (Vraca) in Bulgaria. It's by far the smallest one I've ever seen and one of the most overlooked and unheeded. Its name means something like St John of the Desert (or may be the "abandoned" Monastery of St John) and the legend says that it's named after St John of Rila, who lived for some time in the small cave-like place near the building. Also the legends say that it was the l place of a Thracian sanctuary, which is more than likely considering the Bulgarian territory overlaps most of the old Thracian kingdoms. Some of the paintings were dated to be from XI century.

The way to the Monastery St Ivan Pusti, Bulgaria
The way to the Monastery St Ivan Pusti, Bulgaria
The way to the Monastery St Ivan Pusti, Bulgaria
Monastery St Ivan Pusti, Bulgaria
The bell of the Monastery St Ivan Pusti, Bulgaria
Monastery St Ivan Pusti, Bulgaria
Fountain in the yard of the Monastery St Ivan Pusti, Bulgaria
Fountain in the yard of the Monastery St Ivan Pusti, Bulgaria and the caretaker
Fountain in the yard of the Monastery St Ivan Pusti, Bulgaria
Entrance of the Monastery St Ivan Pusti, Bulgaria
Painting of St John of Rila above the entrance of the Monastery St Ivan Pusti, Bulgaria
Cross on the Monastery St Ivan Pusti, Bulgaria
Monastery St Ivan Pusti, Bulgaria
View from the Monastery St Ivan Pusti, Bulgaria
View from the Monastery St Ivan Pusti, Bulgaria
The road out of the Monastery St Ivan Pusti, Bulgaria

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