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IVANOVO ROCK CHAPELS

IVANOVO ROCK CHAPELS
Ivanovo, Bulgaria
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BACKGROUND

Founded in the first half of the thirteenth century, the rock chapels near the village of Ivanovo constitute a remarkable Eastern Orthodox Hesychastic monastic complex. This sect of Eastern Orthodoxy, dedicated to religious seclusion, developed a complex that includes churches, chapels, and monastic cells all set into the caves of cliffs cut by the river Roussenski Lom. (...)

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HOW WE HELPED

After Watch-listing in 1996, WMF received support from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation to address the most significant conservation needs at the site. In 2001, WMF secured additional funds from the Headley Trust and the Robert W. (...)

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WHY IT MATTERS

 The Ivanovo Rock Chapels are interesting for their engineering alone, but their wall paintings suggest the high level of craftsmanship that was required for their creation. The distinctive mastery of the composition, details, and colors prove that some of the best Bulgarian artists from that time worked there, possibly members of the famous Turnovo School. (...)