“According to the legend for the establishment of the Divotino monastery, the cloister was built by a man and his wife, who found a pot with gold pieces while ploughing their land. The couple decided to invest the fortune in the construction of a monastery and uploaded the pot on a donkey’s back, saying that they would build the monastery in the place where the donkey fell and died. The donkey died of exhaustion between two currents, and construction started in 1046, exactly 100 years after the death of St Ivan of Rila… The monastery is popularly known among local people as the Tsar’s Monastery, because of the frequent visits of Tsar Ferdinand there during his rule… The monastery supported the national struggle for liberation, including by sheltering the famous revolutionary Vassil Levski. The present-day church and monastery buildings were built in 1902, after the complex had been set on fire three times in a row during the Ottoman rule of Bulgaria.”
Michaela next to the angel Michaela.
Beautiful garden area.
Finish the outing with a lovely picnic.