Europe: Rocky villages / Churches of Ivanovo

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Ivanovo Rock painting.

 

 

In The valley of The Roussenski Lom river, in north-east Bulgaria, a complex of rock-hewn churches, chapels, monasteries and cells developed in The vicinity of The village of Ivanovo. This is where The first hermits had dug out Their cells and churches during The 12th century. The 14th-century murals testify to The exceptional skill of The artists belonging to The Tarnovo school of painting. Located at a height of 6 to 8 metres, the compound was founded in the 12th century and was inhabited by monks till the 17th century. Chronicles and the preserved church murals show that the community of hermits also created a blossoming literary center during the 13th - 14th century. The illustrations are colorful and realistic and represent popular scenes from the New Testament showing the last days of the life of Jesus. In the Covered-up church one can see the church-donor's portrait - most likely the czar Ivan Asen II. They say that Theodora (the first wife of czar Ivan-Alexandur), who adopted her name in religion Theofana is depicted at the so called Ruined church. The church-donor's portrait of Ivan-Alexandur with the model of the church in his hands can be found in the main church "Holy Virgin" of the complex.


 

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