Monasteries near Vratsa region
A few monasteries are situated in the region of Vratsa. The biggest and the most impressive is the Cherepish monastery which lies in the picturesque Iskar river gorge. Monasteries which also worth visiting are the Strupetski Monastery “St. Iliya the Prophet” and the Gradeshnitsa Monastery.
Cherepish Monastery was established during the reign of tsar Ivan Shishman. It was mentioned in a document kept in the Sofia church, historical and archeological museum that the monastery was destroyed during the period of Ottoman invasion. The Cherepish Monastery was restored in the beginning of the 17th century by the renowned Bulgarian ecclesiastic, builder and painter Pimen Zograf of Sofia.monastery details