Places To See, Veliko Tarnovo Region

Kilifarevo Monastery, Kilifarevo

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Kilifarevo Monastery was founded about 1348 – 1350 under the rule of King Yoan Aleksandar. Famous St. Teodosis of Tarnovo had searched for a calm, secluded site. The monastery grew to become an important literary and spiritual centre of the Tarnovo Kingdom. The monastery was destroyed by the Ottoman invaders and was uninhabited for a long period of time.

The contemporary Kilifarevo Monastery was built in 1718 at the foot of the previous ruins. Today it is a working monastery and the beautiful tranquil gardens are a pleasure to walk in. If you have time, walk toward the town of Kilifarevo to see the tradition of washing rugs in the river using ancient technology in the village of Natsovtsi.