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“a quiet place made with lots of love and devotion” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Sokolski Monastery

Sokolski Monastery
Kvartal Voditsi 60, Gabrovo 5300 , Bulgaria
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Ranked #2 of 4 things to do in Gabrovo
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Sofia, Bulgaria
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“a quiet place made with lots of love and devotion”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

Once you enter the yard of the monastery, you feel relaxed and you feel the special energy of the place. The monastery is well-maintained, there's a small parking outside.
The church is fantastically painted with frescos - inside and outside.
The church is on a level below the living quartersad yard, so you need to go down the stairs. Even if you have difficulties walking and you can't, the church is right in front of you so you can admire its facade and the view to the mountain.

Visited May 2013
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Sofia, Bulgaria
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“Beautiful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2013

We were there in August 2011 - everything around was all green, the flowers were blooming... Amazing place with a really nice atmosphere.

Visited February 2013
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Madrid, Spain
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“An incredible place, house of God!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012

Try not to miss it! The church is hidden because it was built during the las years of the Turkish ugo and it was not to be seen from the outside :) However, it´s quite big!

Visited June 2012
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Vancouver, Canada
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“Peaceful and beautiful!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

The Sokolski Monastery is a Bulgarian Orthodox monastery founded in 1833 and named after its founder Yosif Sokolski. It is located 10 km southwest of Gabrovo on the northern slopes of the Balkan Mountains in the Bulgarka Nature Park and is very close, just 4 km, to Architectural ethnographic complex "Etar". The church of Sokolski Monastery contains incredible frescoes and also an icon, which represents the Virgin Mary and Christ and is considered to be miraculous. The monastery has a big yard surrounded by residential and utility buildings and a beautiful garden with flowers. In the centre of the yard, in 1865 the master Kolyu Ficheto constructed a big stone fountain with eight taps. The whole monastery was built during the Bulgarian National Revival. There is no entrance fee to the site, but if you want to take pictures inside the church there is a fee of 10 levs (5 EUR).
You can reach Sokolski Monastery driving along the road to Gabrovo and then take the turn to the village of Charkovo and Ethnographic complex “Etar”; follow the signs. Bus transport from Gabrovo is available as well.

Visited August 2012
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