Nowadays, the unique #frescoes in the oldest monastery #church - Holy Archangels, are restored and beautifully displayed. During the restoration process, some more #ancient frescoes were revealed. The official reception hall is now ready, and all guests and pilgrims of the monastery are welcomed in a fascinating church hall. In addition, the monastery #refectory is also painted with beautiful frescoes in the style of the ones at Mount #Athos. Currently, two multimedia halls are being prepared for a permanent screening of films about the monastery and the #Orthodox faith.
The images at the monastery’s #interior are made by the famous Bulgarian icon #painter Zahariy Zograf from 1838 to 1841. In the #cathedral, there is an #icon from 1311 known as The #Holy #Mother of God Icon, with a silver repousse cover. This icon is believed to have miraculous powers.
Visitors to monastery may also view other icons, silver repousse covers for copies of the Gospels, and other works of art from 16th - 19th centuries. #Treasures from the 17th century include a carved wooden icon stand with #gold ornamentation and the cathedrals royal doors. The Bulgarian #Exarch Stefan I (1878-1957) is buried at the monastery, as is the Bulgarian #Patriarch Kiril (1901-1971). There is a #museum on the grounds where some of the oldest artefacts connected with the history of the monastery are on display.
A favourite gathering place for pilgrims and visitors is the monastery’s #courtyard, with its impressive trees, such as a #Paradise apple tree and a #Chinese fir. The monastery is still functioning, and the #monks offer overnight #accommodations.