Photographer's Note

**Today you will see still my three pictures from important Monastery Rila's They are details from the mainly Temple of Virgin Mary, and the columns and the arches that they surround Appreciable it is you observe with attention all the details optically they cannot be described they are so much many. I apologize your.
*In the here WS1+2 you can see my other capture choices with details from this admirable Monastery.
--The church of the Nativity of the Virgin is the monastery’s main church and the core of the architectural ensemble. Its construction began in 1835. That was an event of paramount importance for the entire Bulgarian nation. The innovative daring and the flexibility with which tradition has been interpreted in the architectural design of its imposing church reveals the nature of art during the National Revival Period.
***can see also my previous choice of pictures from the same Monastery with more note: here

This church building is unique in the Balkans. It was built by the then widely known master builder Pavel from the village of Krimin who had worked on Mount Athos and from where he borrowed the original spatial design of the church. The compositional scheme includes medieval elements and baroque spatial principles, an approach which distinguishes Bulgarian church architecture and whose features are observed in the art of the epoch.

The wall paintings in the Church of the Nativity of the Virgin were made by the most prominent Bulgarian painters at the time

The central iconostasis is the work of a group of woodcarvers who worked under the supervision of Atanas Teladour.

-In 1980 the International Federation of Travel Writers and Journalists (FIJEST) distinguished the Monastery with Golden Apple, the highest award for familiarization and cultural tourism. Ion 1983 the Rila Monastery was recorded on the List of World Cultural Heritage as a world cultural value.
A decree of the Council of Ministries of the Republic of Bulgaria reinstated the monastic status of the Rila Monastery in 1991, so today it is again the largest religious centre in the Bulgarian lands.

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