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Conference discusses past and future of 800-year old Ivanovo rock-hewn churches

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A national scientific conference dedicated to the 800th anniversary of the Ivanovo rock-hewn monasteries is taking place in Rousse with the participation of 40 medievalists from the country and abroad.

Under the aegis of the National Commission of the Republic of Bulgaria for UNESCO, the conference is discussing the past and the future of the unique rock complex located in the valley of the nature and historical reserve Rusenski Lom.

The Ivanovo rock-hewn churches were founded by Joachim, later patriarch of Bulgaria. The Ivanovo churches are on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The conference will go on until Sunday, on Saturday it will move to Bulgaria’s medieval capital Veliko Turnovo.

Reporting by BNR’s correspondent in Russe Assya Pencheva.

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