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Dragalevtsi Monastery
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Preserving Bulgarian culture since the 15th century

As a country with a strong orthodox tradition, Bulgaria has over 200 well-preserved monasteries spread all over the territory of the country. 

The Dragalevtsi Monastery is one of the most accessible ones, located just on the verge between the capital – Sofia – and the Vitosha mountain, towering above the city. Set in picturesque beech forests by Dragalevska river, it is a destination with intense cultural history and vibrant natural outlook, that attracts both locals and visitors from all over Europe. 

So, here is our first-hand guide to exploring the Dragalevtsi Monastery, as you Travel in Pink.

Location and getting there

The Dragalevtsi Monastery is easily accessible and in very close proximity to the capital city of Bulgaria. It stands about 1 km away from Sofia’s Dragalevtsi district (from which it has obtained its popular name) in the direction to the mountain top.

When approaching the Dragalevtsi Monastery, you have three options:

  • Option one: To arrive directly in front of the monastery gates, follow the brown sign indicating the direction to the place. This road is rather narrow and full of turns, and yet totally safe.
  • Option two: Take the road to the nearby Aleko hut. After less than a kilometer, you will reach a path, leading to spacious free parking located just 100-200 meters away from the monastery.
  • Option three: Just take a long walk from the center of the Dragalevtsi district. Your route shall start from the local Krayrechna Street, which at the foot of Vitosha Mountain transforms into a scenic forest path leading to the monastery.

The area is approachable all year round by private or rented vehicles, bikes, motorcycles, or walking – whichever suits your taste.

Dragalevtsi Monastery – history and essence

The Dragalevtsi Monastery is a Bulgarian Orthodox convent, the official name of which sounds like “Uspenie Bogorodichno.” Anyway, you don’t have to pronounce that. You just need to know that it means “The Assumption of the Virgin.”

The monastery was founded by the Bulgaria tsar Ivan Alexander sometime in the 14th century. It was a vital part of the so-called Sofia Holy Mountain – a medieval complex of 14 monasteries, formed in the region of Sofia and the surrounding mountains in the era of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom. And it was all burned to the ground and deserted after the conquering of Sofia by the Ottoman Turks at the end of the 14th century.

Restored in the middle of the 15th century, the Dragalevtsi Monastery became a hub of vigorous literary and educational pursuits and the center of the Sofia Literary School. Several Bulgarian Christian books were copied and created, meaning the monastery served as a means for survival and preservation of the local culture during the harsh Ottoman slavery of Bulgarians.

Nowadays, the Dragalevtsi Monastery represents a complex, consisting of the 15th-century church, plus a few new-built residential and agriculture-related buildings. It is a cultural monument of national importance with two layers of frescoes, old icons, and authentic spirit with an abundant historical significance.

What else to see and do around the Dragalevtsi Monastery

The yard of the Dragalevtsi monastery is spacious and set on two separate levels. You can observe the outdoor bell tower, walk a petite alley between the adjoining churches, and take a peaceful rest on the wooden shelter with a beautiful view over Sofia. There is also a place to buy small thematic souvenirs, soft drinks, and coffee before heading to the homey picnic area nearby.

The monastery is set in a lush mountain surrounding, where you can enjoy a pleasant forest stroll for as long as it suits your taste.

A few kilometers from the Dragalevtsi Monastery in the direction of Vladaya, you can reach the Boyana Church – one of the nine Bulgaria sites protected by UNESCO.

The Dragalevtsi Monastery is open for the general public all year round, morning to sunset. All you need to do is take your time and feel the vibes.

Razklona za Dragalevski Manastir, 1415, Bulgaria

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Preserving Bulgarian culture since the 15th century

As a country with a strong orthodox tradition, Bulgaria has over 200 well-preserved monasteries spread all over the territory of the country. 

The Dragalevtsi Monastery is one of the most accessible ones, located just on the verge between the capital – Sofia – and the Vitosha mountain, towering above the city. Set in picturesque beech forests by Dragalevska river, it is a destination with intense cultural history and vibrant natural outlook, that attracts both locals and visitors from all over Europe. 

So, here is our first-hand guide to exploring the Dragalevtsi Monastery, as you Travel in Pink.

Location and getting there

The Dragalevtsi Monastery is easily accessible and in very close proximity to the capital city of Bulgaria. It stands about 1 km away from Sofia’s Dragalevtsi district (from which it has obtained its popular name) in the direction to the mountain top.

When approaching the Dragalevtsi Monastery, you have three options:

  • Option one: To arrive directly in front of the monastery gates, follow the brown sign indicating the direction to the place. This road is rather narrow and full of turns, and yet totally safe.
  • Option two: Take the road to the nearby Aleko hut. After less than a kilometer, you will reach a path, leading to spacious free parking located just 100-200 meters away from the monastery.
  • Option three: Just take a long walk from the center of the Dragalevtsi district. Your route shall start from the local Krayrechna Street, which at the foot of Vitosha Mountain transforms into a scenic forest path leading to the monastery.

The area is approachable all year round by private or rented vehicles, bikes, motorcycles, or walking – whichever suits your taste.

Dragalevtsi Monastery – history and essence

The Dragalevtsi Monastery is a Bulgarian Orthodox convent, the official name of which sounds like “Uspenie Bogorodichno.” Anyway, you don’t have to pronounce that. You just need to know that it means “The Assumption of the Virgin.”

The monastery was founded by the Bulgaria tsar Ivan Alexander sometime in the 14th century. It was a vital part of the so-called Sofia Holy Mountain – a medieval complex of 14 monasteries, formed in the region of Sofia and the surrounding mountains in the era of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom. And it was all burned to the ground and deserted after the conquering of Sofia by the Ottoman Turks at the end of the 14th century.

Restored in the middle of the 15th century, the Dragalevtsi Monastery became a hub of vigorous literary and educational pursuits and the center of the Sofia Literary School. Several Bulgarian Christian books were copied and created, meaning the monastery served as a means for survival and preservation of the local culture during the harsh Ottoman slavery of Bulgarians.

Nowadays, the Dragalevtsi Monastery represents a complex, consisting of the 15th-century church, plus a few new-built residential and agriculture-related buildings. It is a cultural monument of national importance with two layers of frescoes, old icons, and authentic spirit with an abundant historical significance.

What else to see and do around the Dragalevtsi Monastery

The yard of the Dragalevtsi monastery is spacious and set on two separate levels. You can observe the outdoor bell tower, walk a petite alley between the adjoining churches, and take a peaceful rest on the wooden shelter with a beautiful view over Sofia. There is also a place to buy small thematic souvenirs, soft drinks, and coffee before heading to the homey picnic area nearby.

The monastery is set in a lush mountain surrounding, where you can enjoy a pleasant forest stroll for as long as it suits your taste.

A few kilometers from the Dragalevtsi Monastery in the direction of Vladaya, you can reach the Boyana Church – one of the nine Bulgaria sites protected by UNESCO.

The Dragalevtsi Monastery is open for the general public all year round, morning to sunset. All you need to do is take your time and feel the vibes.

Razklona za Dragalevski Manastir, 1415, Bulgaria

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Razklona za Dragalevski Manastir, 1415, Bulgaria

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Explore more nearby places in Bulgaria, Sofia

Preserving Bulgarian culture since the 15th century

As a country with a strong orthodox tradition, Bulgaria has over 200 well-preserved monasteries spread all over the territory of the country. 

The Dragalevtsi Monastery is one of the most accessible ones, located just on the verge between the capital – Sofia – and the Vitosha mountain, towering above the city. Set in picturesque beech forests by Dragalevska river, it is a destination with intense cultural history and vibrant natural outlook, that attracts both locals and visitors from all over Europe. 

So, here is our first-hand guide to exploring the Dragalevtsi Monastery, as you Travel in Pink.

Location and getting there

The Dragalevtsi Monastery is easily accessible and in very close proximity to the capital city of Bulgaria. It stands about 1 km away from Sofia’s Dragalevtsi district (from which it has obtained its popular name) in the direction to the mountain top.

When approaching the Dragalevtsi Monastery, you have three options:

  • Option one: To arrive directly in front of the monastery gates, follow the brown sign indicating the direction to the place. This road is rather narrow and full of turns, and yet totally safe.
  • Option two: Take the road to the nearby Aleko hut. After less than a kilometer, you will reach a path, leading to spacious free parking located just 100-200 meters away from the monastery.
  • Option three: Just take a long walk from the center of the Dragalevtsi district. Your route shall start from the local Krayrechna Street, which at the foot of Vitosha Mountain transforms into a scenic forest path leading to the monastery.

The area is approachable all year round by private or rented vehicles, bikes, motorcycles, or walking – whichever suits your taste.

Dragalevtsi Monastery – history and essence

The Dragalevtsi Monastery is a Bulgarian Orthodox convent, the official name of which sounds like “Uspenie Bogorodichno.” Anyway, you don’t have to pronounce that. You just need to know that it means “The Assumption of the Virgin.”

The monastery was founded by the Bulgaria tsar Ivan Alexander sometime in the 14th century. It was a vital part of the so-called Sofia Holy Mountain – a medieval complex of 14 monasteries, formed in the region of Sofia and the surrounding mountains in the era of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom. And it was all burned to the ground and deserted after the conquering of Sofia by the Ottoman Turks at the end of the 14th century.

Restored in the middle of the 15th century, the Dragalevtsi Monastery became a hub of vigorous literary and educational pursuits and the center of the Sofia Literary School. Several Bulgarian Christian books were copied and created, meaning the monastery served as a means for survival and preservation of the local culture during the harsh Ottoman slavery of Bulgarians.

Nowadays, the Dragalevtsi Monastery represents a complex, consisting of the 15th-century church, plus a few new-built residential and agriculture-related buildings. It is a cultural monument of national importance with two layers of frescoes, old icons, and authentic spirit with an abundant historical significance.

What else to see and do around the Dragalevtsi Monastery

The yard of the Dragalevtsi monastery is spacious and set on two separate levels. You can observe the outdoor bell tower, walk a petite alley between the adjoining churches, and take a peaceful rest on the wooden shelter with a beautiful view over Sofia. There is also a place to buy small thematic souvenirs, soft drinks, and coffee before heading to the homey picnic area nearby.

The monastery is set in a lush mountain surrounding, where you can enjoy a pleasant forest stroll for as long as it suits your taste.

A few kilometers from the Dragalevtsi Monastery in the direction of Vladaya, you can reach the Boyana Church – one of the nine Bulgaria sites protected by UNESCO.

The Dragalevtsi Monastery is open for the general public all year round, morning to sunset. All you need to do is take your time and feel the vibes.

Razklona za Dragalevski Manastir, 1415, Bulgaria

Where is it on the Map?

Razklona za Dragalevski Manastir, 1415, Bulgaria

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