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Today we visited a gorgeous, serene monastery in the lush mountains of Bulgaria. It was so nice to be in nature after spending an entire month just in cities. In addition to the great landscape surrounding the monastery, the architecture and decor of the structures was ...
... top of the tower, I had time to see the church a bit,but not enough time to see the icon museum. For a tour that is supposed to be based around the monastery, they sure didn't give us enough time there.
The church on the inside looked very similar to other overly-decorated churches, but it's the paintings on the outside that were unique and fun. Many were recognizable bible stories- Adam and Eve, Moses with his tablets, even the devil. But many were ...
... Greece and other Eastern Orthodox countries; Bibles, icons, weavings, embroidery, carved wooden crosses, silver plate, etchings and a giant candle (at least two metres high and a foot or two in diameter!) There were also written decrees from the Ottoman Turkish sultans, granting the monastery rights.
This was all on the ground floor - up the stairs there were was more silver plate and crosses, priests' and bishops' vestments, etc., but we had to rush past ...
Up and off to a good start to get away early however It was today Owen decided to clean and service the whole front half of the van so after the windscreen was washed, inside and out, the dashboard was wiped, floor swept and any other manner of tasks were completed under the hood, before the battery was attempted to be put back in (which was a slow process in it self). Midday rolled around and we finally departed camp. An easy 1 hour 40 mins was set ...
... bit more than a half hour there. Column tops and funerary pieces were the most interesting.
Looking west from the museum was a field. The battle of Philippi took place between two hills west of the city. Alas, there was nothing about this very significant battle in Roman history.
It was slightly downhill to St Lydia's Baptistery, arriving at 1125. A service was ongoing in the stream as we approached. U/K and the Smoker must have had some six items ...