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The most famous monastery in the Pirin mountain is the Rozhen monastery "The Nativity of the Mother of God", picturesquely located between the Melnik pyramids about 1km away from the village Rozhen, 6 km away from the town of Melnik and 16km from the town of Sandanski. Sandanski Monastery lies on the banks of Sandanska river in the outskirts of Sandanski, a well-known Spa and cultural venue. Obidimski monastery is also situated at the foot of the majestic Pirin mountain.

Rozhen Monastery “St Nativity of Mother of God”

Rozhen Monastery “St Nativity of Mother of God”

The exact date of the establishment of Rozhen Monastery is not known, but according to annals, the name of the monastery was mentioned for the first time in a Greek manuscript which dated back to the 13th century. It is the only monastery in Bulgaria which was restored in the first centuries of Ottoman rule and has survived to the present day.

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