Monastery of St. Nicholas, Batuliya

The Monastery of St. Nicholas is assumed to be founded on the place of an older abbey, existed in the Middle Ages. The complex is located on a picturesque terrace at the foot of a mountain ridge on which is situated an ancient fortress.

The monastery consists of a church with a separate bell tower and a residential building. The church is consecrated in 1911 by the Sofia Metropolitan Parteniy. It was built in the tradition of Bulgarian Revival church architecture – one nave ending with apse. Altar niche, however, is much wider comparing to traditional Renaissance churches and vestibule is designed simply, closely and with gable roof. In 2011, master-ceramist Lyudmila Doichinova donated to the church a Patron icon of St. Nicholas, which now adorns the facade of the building.

The monastery building was built in 1913. On its southern facade stays inscription which says: „During the time of His Beatitude Exarch Joseph I of Bulgarians and His Eminence Metropolitan Sofia Parteniy with handouts of devout Christians, by the powerful hand of a priest Emmanuel Zlatkov was built this inn, June 3, 1913 „. Interesting fact is that since its establishment, this building was designed for „inn“, not for monastery cloister.

The building has two floors built again in the traditions of Bulgarian Renaissance architecture. The second floor is surrounded by a spacious wooden porch. At the first floor are situated offices and a large dining room with kitchen. The two western rooms are named after the Prime Minister of Bulgaria Alexander Stamboliyski – „the rooms of Stamboliyski“. He used these rooms in the summer of 1920 and was a close friend of the priest Immanuel.

In 1996-1997 in the courtyard is built a stone fountain, funds for which were raised entirely by donations.

The monastery even now possesses the charm and the spirit of the post-liberation Bulgarian society. The monastery building, which was established as an „Inn“, continues to be used as a small hotel. Here to visitors can enjoy to the beautiful nature together with a sacred Christian place and the hospitality of the local priest who hosts the monastery.

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