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Historic Landmark
Ivanovo Rock Monasteries

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Ivanovo rock monasteries are located in River Ruse Lom, a few miles from the village of Ivanovo and 18 km. south of Ruse. Exit to Ivanovo Rock Monastery is of Ivanovo village. Ivanovo rock monastery was founded in the 20 years of 13c. by the monk Joachim, who with his students built the first rock church. She, along with other churches in the area formed the rock monastery of St. Archangel Michael. Throughout the period of the Second Bulgarian Empire the monastery was a stable relationship with the royal court in Turnovo. His donors were kings Ivan Assen II (1218-1241), Ivan Alexander (1331-1371) and other families of the nobility, which are preserved donor portraits. Even King George Terter-I (1280 - 1292) at the end of his life monk in one of the cells of the monastery and ended his life there. His grave is located on the third floor in the baptistery. Ivanovo rock churches forming the monastery complex is one of the 9 sites in Bulgaria included in the List of World Heritage in the UNESCO. Premises located at 32 m height above the water and are connected with walkways and rock ladders. What is unique is that we know the stage of "Last Supper" here was painted by an unknown author about 150 years before Leonardo da Vinci to paint his masterpiece. During the height of the religious complex, churches numbered about 40, and monks' cells and other rooms - about 300. In many of the monks' cells today visitors can see and carved into walls confessions of monks. Uniquely beautiful place! Part of the natural park of Rousse and Lom Basarboski monastery near the village, close to Rousse.

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