Bulgaria, Kyustendil district

St. Dimitar Monastery Church, Boboshevo

Bulgaria, Kyustendil district

„St. Dimitar” Church lies 4 km to the west of the town of Boboshevo. The church is located in a place tucked in magnificent nature.
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„St. Dimitar” Church lies 4 km to the west of the town of Boboshevo. The church is located in a place tucked in magnificent nature; a place with rich cultural heritage with extremely precious medieval Christian monuments. Historical evidence shows that the Boboshevo monastery „St. Dimitar”, situated on the east wooded slope of Boboshevski Ruen summit in Vlahina Mountain, is one of the most ancient monasteries in Bulgaria. It has provided shelter to the most famous Bulgarian saint St. Ivan Rilski (John of Rila). The most famous Bulgarian citizen of the desert, born in the village of Skrino (Kyustendil region), spent some time in this monastery for „educational” purposes before moving to the Rila Mountain. This has been mentioned in the Saint’s life by Patriarch Evtimii Turnovski.

The monastery church was one of the first ones to be restored during the period of the Ottoman Rule. During 15th-17th centuries the Boboshevo Monastery was a place for education and enculturation. Some of the exquisitely decorated manuscripts, which have been rewritten over and over again and preserved at the monastery, as well as the iconostasis and icons, are all kept today at the Church Historical Museum and the National Art Gallery in Sofia.
The authentic frescoes have been preserved and restored in the church. They date back to 1488 and entirely cover the walls and the ceiling, as well as the western façade (today this is the eastern wall of the narthex). These frescoes make the church an impressive art monument and it has been declared a cultural monument of national significance.
The quality and level of preservation of the murals provoke great interest. Visiting and getting to know the monument will give Bulgarian and foreign tourists the opportunity to discover for themselves a fascinating monument, known so far only to the experts.

The enchanting combination of artistic values of the church and beautiful nature makes the experience so impressive and unforgettable that the beautiful memories remain for life.

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