Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Flowers in Dragalevski monastery, Vitosha mountain, Sofia/ Драгалевски манастир и цветя

Bleeding heart, Flowers in Dragalevski monastery
Dragalevski monastery is still working as a female monastery located in the Vitosha mountain a short drive from the center of Sofia. There are documents mentioning the monastery back to 1371-1393! This holy place was already existing in the first Bulgarian kingdom.... Nowadays a nice walk during the green forest takes you to the complex consisting of a church (dating from the 15th century) and few adminstartive building+appartments for the nuns. At the end of May the nuns were busy with the garden, tons of beautiful flowers were on display! The garden of the complex is open for visitors who may enjoy the flowers, fresh mountain water and light a candle in the little church. I had fun taking pictures of the colourful blossoms and plants, my mum had a lesson in macro photography with her new camera too:-)
Flowers in Dragalevski monastery
Flowers in Dragalevski monasteryFlowers in Dragalevski monastery.Poppy Flowers in Dragalevski monastery
Poppy flower, Flowers in Dragalevski monastery
Flowers in Dragalevski monastery
Dragalevski monastery

13 comments:

Rosemary said...

Came to see your bleeding hearts. Is the photo yours or your mothers. It is nice when you can teach your mother something new,
The monastery and the gardens look very peaceful.

AVCr8teur said...

A very unique looking building with the reddish coloring. Your mom is concentrating well with her new camera. :)

Red Nomad OZ said...

WOW! SO different to where I've been travelling downunder ... I didn't know there were female monasteries - but with a place like this, I'd be ALMOST tempted to join up myself!!

Breathtaking said...

Hi Jana! The monastry looks more like some hotels I have stayed in! Anyway it's a nice place with well kept gardens also.

Saucy Kodz said...

Hi Jana - Oh my, I didn't realize places such as these beautiful photos still existed. What a remarkable monastery and grounds. I am amazed I did not know about this. A wonderful place indeed to quietly roam, take photos, light a candle and truly enjoy the gardens, buildings and history. Well done and so nice to share the experience with your Mom.

Lies said...

Een bloemen'weelde', Jana !
Vredig...
En een jonge mama !
Een orthodox klooster aan de kledij te zien ?!
Lie(f)s.

betchai said...

it looks so peaceful there, and the garden is very inviting, lovely photos of beautiful blossoms

Jana said...

thanks for your nice comments dear all!
@Rosemary: indeed I am always happy when I can give back the favor of teaching:-)
@Red Nomad: the orthodox monasteries are mosthly male or female only;
@Lies: well spotted, we are Bulgarian Orthodox at home:-)

Dietmut said...

Jana, een mooie serie met prachtige bloemen

Jeanne said...

What a beautiful and peaceful place this looks like to visit and be quiet. So fun for you and your mom to have this time together. Always fun to learn new things!

Koryn said...

For some reason, the third photo reminds me of Hansel and Gretel. You know, that part where they stumble across a cottage in the woods!

Barb said...

Hello to your Mum - she has a great daughter-teacher! I love bleeding hearts - they remind me of my own mother.

Karen @ Pieces of Contentment said...

A delightful place to gently spend some time, no doubt it was very peaceful as well as beautiful.