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Virgin Mary Orthodox Monastery, Eleshnitsa, Blagoevgrad

Virgin Mary Orthodox Monastery

General Details

Type:
Monastery
Archdiocese:
Bulgarian Orthodox Church
Diocese:
Diocese of Sofia
Head Priest:
Metropolitan of Sofia Maxim

Contact Details

Address:
Eleshnitsa, Eleshnitsa, Blagoevgrad, 2782 Bulgaria

Historical Details

History:
The monastery was established in 1499. In the 16th-17th century it represented an important cultural and religious centre with some of its religious books from that period currently being kept at the National Museum of Church History and Archeology. The Eleshnitsa monastery was destroyed by Kurdzhalii bands in 1793. It was rebuilt in 1820 and is currently operational, even if no monks or nuns live there.