Cherepish Monastery

Cherepish Monastery " God's Mother Assumption "

Orthodox name: God's Mother Assumption

Near monasteries: Osenovlashki Monastery

Latest review: I stayed at Cherepish in June 2018. No food was provided so bring your own! It was 10 lev a night for a single room with ensuite. 8pm curfew and 7am leave in the morning. Its on a beautiful river bank.
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Location:

The Cherepish Monastery “God’s mother Assumption” lies in the gorgeous Iskar defile on the banks of the Iskur River. The monastery is located near the village of Ljutibrod, 10km away from the town of Mezdra and 25 km to the south of Vratsa.

Transport:

The Cherepish Monastery is easily accessible by card driving down the road from Sofia to Mezdra, which goes down the Iskar river’s defile. About 5km before the visitor reaches Mezdra, there is an offroad which after another 4km leads to the monastery’s gates.

History:

The origin of the Cherepish Monastery is connected to the history of the medieval “Koritengrad” which existed in the nearby unique natural area “Ritlite”. According to the legend, the monastery has acquired its name because of the white colour of the bones of the perished Bulgarian soldiers which were left after the battle of tsar Ivan Shishman with the Ottoman raiders. It was mentioned in a document kept in the Sofia church, historical and archeological museum that the monastery was destroyed during the battle.

The Cherepish Monastery was restored in the beginning of the 17th century by the renowned Bulgarian ecclesiastic, builder and painter Pimen Zograf of Sofia. At that time the present-day church was built.
During the period of Bulgarian Revival, the monastery was inhabited by men of letters and calligraphers who have left valuable works and literary masterpieces. Thus, the monastery gradually has become an important literary, cultural and educational centre. It housed a monastery school, where books, saints’ biographies and gospels were written and transcribed there, some of them are the Cherepish Gospel from the 16th century , enclosed in golden covers and decorated with scenes from the bible, as well as the Gospel of Monk Danail and the Book of the Apostles of Jacob.

Cherepish Monastery " God's Mother Assumption "Gradually the Cherepish Monastery has flourished and a few new buildings such as the old monastery’s kitchen, Rashidovata house, the building of Danail, the chapel with the ossuary, the belltower and so on were built in the beginning of the 19th century.

St. Sofronni of Vratsa found his shelter in the Cherepish Monastery in 1798-1799. The abbot Epifanii established here the Ljutibrodski Revolutionary Committee. The monastery was used to be visited by members of the Vratsa Revolutionary Committee within the period 1872-1876. The popular area “Rashov dol”where the last battle of Botev’s detachment of rebels against the Turks was conducted, led by Georgi Apostolov, lies in close proximity to the Cherepish monastery.

The Cherepish cloister was visited also by prominent Bulgarian writer Ivan Vazov in 1889 and 1907. In 1897 another renowned author, Aleko Konstantinov, stopped here during his tour of the region. Following his visit to the monastery, he publishes one of his popular itinararies, called “Bulgarian Switzerland”.

Architecture and present condition:

Cherepish Monastery " God's Mother Assumption "Nowadays the Cherepish Monastery is inhabited by monks. The monastery church dated back to the 17th century and it represents a one-nave building with a spacious entrance, an open gallery and a pointed dome. The murals in the church were painted by Yonko pop Vitanov from Tryavna and Vassil Iliev from Dobursko. After a deep research has been made, it was found that parts of the old frescoes have been preserved and they are supposed to have been painted by the Pimen Zografski. An iconostasis with exquisite woodcarvings and the shroud of Jesus Christ, embroidered in 1844, are some of the impressive items of the interior of the temple.

Most buildings in the holy cloister were built in the beginning of 19th century during the period of the abbot Joseph. In 1784 the monk Epifanii built two-storey monastery ossuary in the rocks above the monastery’s courtyard.

One of the oldest preserved Bulgarian manuscripts, the monastery rules written from 1390 to 1396, originates from the Cherepish Monastery. However, today it is kept in the church Historical and Archaeological Museum in Sofia.

Accommodation

The Cherepish Monastery offers food and accommodation. The monastery’s dining hall, the so-called magernitsa, is open to guests and offers traditional monastery meals and Bulgarian cuisine.

Places of interest in the region:

The natural landmark, the Cherepishki rocks are situated in close proximity to the Chepelare Monastery.

Photogallery:

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ELeanor for Cherepish Monastery , 18.07.2018

I stayed at Cherepish in June 2018. No food was provided so bring your own! It was 10 lev a night for a single room with ensuite. 8pm curfew and 7am leave in the morning. Its on a beautiful river bank.

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SOCIETYREGISTRATION for Cherepish Monastery , 14.04.2016

A Society is viewed to be an association of individuals or a body of individuals. Such body with a certain name and goal might be a registered one or unregistered one. Legal character is gotten only after registration (incorporation) of the association of persons under any of the applicable laws. In case of public charitable trusts, whether in relation to movable building of any immovable property and whether created under a will or inter vivos, is optional however desirable. In case of a charitable trust in relation to a stationary home, for claiming exemption u/s 11 of the Income Tax Act, it is necessary that the instrument of trust is appropriately registered. An NGO might be formed as a society. A society may be defined as a business or an association of persons (typically unincorporated) joined together by mutual consent to ponder, identify and act jointly for exact same typical purpose. As per the Societies Registration Act, 1860, (see Annexure 2, VI), a society can be formed by minimum seven (or more) individuals, qualified to enter into a contract, for any of the following purposes:

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SOCIETYREGISTRATION for Cherepish Monastery , 01.04.2016

A Society is viewed to be an association of individuals or a body of individuals. Such body with a certain name and goal might be a registered one or unregistered one. Legal character is gotten only after registration (incorporation) of the association of persons under any of the applicable laws. In case of public charitable trusts, whether in relation to movable building of any immovable property and whether created under a will or inter vivos, is optional however desirable. In case of a charitable trust in relation to a stationary home, for claiming exemption u/s 11 of the Income Tax Act, it is necessary that the instrument of trust is appropriately registered. An NGO might be formed as a society. A society may be defined as a business or an association of persons (typically unincorporated) joined together by mutual consent to ponder, identify and act jointly for exact same typical purpose. As per the Societies Registration Act, 1860, (see Annexure 2, VI), a society can be formed by minimum seven (or more) individuals, qualified to enter into a contract, for any of the following purposes:

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muener for Cherepish Monastery , 29.03.2016

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Joe C Scott for Cherepish Monastery , 29.11.2014

Absolutely beautiful buildings,setting & location.Holy,magical & sacred.I loved my recent visit in Nov 2014 & highly recommend to all.Very good for parking & pets.

M.M for Cherepish Monastery , 22.11.2013

Hi.I suppose there aren`t any monks that speak foreign languages in this monastery.I wonder why people suppose that everybody everywhere should have knowledge in foreign languages? Anyway the place is very nice to visit and take pictures but actually there aren`t any guides or so which makes it difficult to understand the history of the place.What is written here is probably the most inportant info that you need about the monastery.You can take a walk in the yard,take pictures in the authorized areas (everywhere except for one or two places) and just enjoy the site.Hope you like the place.Cheers!

Mathew Imanuel for Cherepish Monastery , 06.12.2012

Hello, Is the English speaking Monks?

My wife and I would like to meet a Monk we live in Veslets North of Vratsa.

Peace Mathew

 

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