Rozhen Monastery

Rozhen Monastery, Melnik

Rozhen Monastery
4.5
Points of Interest & Landmarks • Religious Sites
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lichinka
Velingrad, Bulgaria250 contributions
Awesome
May 2021 • Friends
Must see!
Its spectacular monastery with many sacral places around.
We catch the export of the icon of the Virgin Mary to outside and many prayers for Eastern.
Written May 8, 2021
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travelwithcarlo
London, UK2,211 contributions
Epic wall paintings
Mar 2021 • Couples
Set in an awesome area this monastery has some of the most beautifully and intricate wall paintings that I have ever seen.

It’s free to enter the grounds & inside. Make sure to take a hike to the pyramids afterwards.
Written March 16, 2021
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Betty G
Ames, IA123 contributions
NOT for walkers or wheelchair folks!
Aug 2019
I was there in August, 2019 as a guest of those living in Bulgaria.

They knew I was bringing a walker due to balance issues after having several really bad falls and 2 knee replacements. They did NOT tell me prior about the awful ROCK walking conditions; no slabs of concrete.

It was horrible trying to get over the HUGE rocks all over the entire monastery!!

There was beautiful ceiling paintings all over, but very hard to get there. Were NO RAMPS for walkers or wheelchairs.

I think it was there also where NO PHOTOS were allowed inside the church! You had to purchase their photos, etc.

My host had to change clothes; NO SHORT TOPS OR SHORTS ALLOWED inside!

Extremely small parking lot; had to park way down the road for any handicapped people to know ahead of time.

Betty Gordon, Ames, IOWA / USA senior
Written March 5, 2020
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Miri-hu
Budapest, Hungary204 contributions
Magical sacred place
Aug 2019
Aprox. 700 years old monastry from 7 km from Melnik.
This summer was the second visit, and we enjoyed again...
If you can avoid a larger group of tourists or wait for them to leave, you can feel the absolutely harmony and peace of this monastry. (Perfect time to visit early morning, or late afternoun.)
You can see 300 years old very beautiful wallpaintings, and more than hundred years old grape in the garden, like a pergolla.
Written August 31, 2019
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ella1168
Cumbria24 contributions
The Journey there is all part of the experience
Aug 2019 • Family
The road to the monastery is as interesting as the place itself. The monastery is small, but tranquil. They ask that visitors respect the wishes for no photographs and for quiet. The day we were there we saw no evidence of this, which I found disappointing. There was a baptism taking place inside the chapel so we didn’t get a good look inside (although the doors were open so we could see in) but the building as a whole is worth a visit. Also worth noting is the drive up past the Roche’s pyramids with are quite amazing, and the drive through Melnik smallest town in Bulgaria, also worth a visit
Written August 30, 2019
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LORIT123
Vienna, Austria204 contributions
peaceful and calm
Jun 2019
very beautiful! exquisite and really old! stunning surroundings!
the best way to reach it by foot is a walk of roughly 90 minutes from Melnik through a stunning scenery.
Written June 5, 2019
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Suwatss
Bangkok, Thailand5,234 contributions
A gem monadtery
May 2019 • Couples
While this small monastery lacks colorful murals and grand scale of Rila monastery, we found this Rozhen monastery a unique and pleasant place to visit. It has a grape vinery planted on top of the area inside the monastery. Its murals, while damaged, have a sense of antique and aging work of art. Recommend if you come to visit or stay overnight in Melnik.
Written May 28, 2019
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Tatiana T
Sofia, Bulgaria40 contributions
one of the preserved old monasteries
Apr 2019 • Friends
10 minutes, 6km from the city museum of Melnik by car or take an eco path walking то discover a medieval jewellery - Bulgarian orthodox monastery Birth of Virgin Mary , with amazing wood carving iconostas - real masterpiece, and old icons. The date of the the first building is unknown but should be around 13 century during the big medieval Bulgarian Kingdom. It was burnt during ottoman invasion and later restored, the latest building is from around 1730 with additional refurbishment
Written May 3, 2019
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CharlieOscarPapa
Dunedin, New Zealand407 contributions
Beautiful, easy walk from Melnik
Apr 2019 • Couples
Ignore guidebooks that say the path from Melnik is difficult to find. The path has been opened up and is clear. There is a slightly steep climb at one part, but it is short and the views are lovely. After this, the path is narrow and in one place, replaced by a wooden bridge, but easily negotiated. Great spring birds. Lovely monastery - quiet, spiritual and calm. Coveralls are thoughtfully provided by the monks if you are not dressed appropriately. You can make it into a circular walk by following the road down to Rozhen and on to Melnik (6kms beyond). The whole circuit is perhaps 10kms. Recommended in spring.
Written April 22, 2019
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Marggieangel
4 contributions
Amazing place
Jan 2019 • Couples
The best place to show to foreign friends - beautiful nature. Melnik - the town nearby has plenty of good places for food and wine.
Written January 20, 2019
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