Podcast in English
Bulgarian National Radio © 2022 All Rights Reserved

Maglizh monastery keeps the memory of Levski alive

Close to the town of Maglizh, tucked away amidst the slopes of the Balkan Range rises the St. Nicholas monastery of Maglizh. It is thought to have been founded at the time of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom (1185-1393). After Bulgaria fell to the Ottomans in the 14th century, the monastery was plundered and pillaged numerous times but every time the local population restored it. Construction of the monastery church now in existence started in 1834. The monastery complex comprises a single-nave church, residential and farming buildings, as well as two chapels dedicated to Saints Peter and Paul, and to St. Archangel Michael. There also existed a monastery school.

Historical records show that during his travels around Bulgaria Vassil Levski stayed at Maglizh monastery twice, together with another revolutionary, priest Hariton, the first time in 1869, researchers say. Much like Levski’s other hideouts, the one in Maglizh monastery had two entrances, one of them secret so that Levski could make his escape at any time. Interestingly, it is hidden under the bed, inside a cupboard connected to a tunnel that led out into the forest. In our day the tunnel is sealed.

In 2017 the cell used by Vassil Levski was restored by a group of artists and artisans from Maglizh, with the idea of restoring the authentic look of the place and preserving a piece of Bulgaria’s history. In our day Levski’s cell has been turned into a museum, and is part of Maglizh monastery attracting visitors from the country and abroad.

Find out more about the cloister from Radio Bulgaria’s Maglizh monastery’s past is cloaked in mystery

More about the Apostle of Freedom:

Compiled by Veneta Nikolova

Photos: Facebook/ St. Nicholas monastery of Maglizh, dolap.bg
Listen to the daily news from Bulgaria presented in "Bulgaria Today" podcast, available in Spotify.

More from category

Songs and legends in honor of St. Haralambos – patron saint of beekeepers

According to the Orthodox traditions, the 10 th of February is dedicated to St. Haralambos (Haralampi), who died a martyr's death during the persecution of Christians in the 3rd century. According to the Church, his wounds healed miraculously..

published on 2/10/22 10:55 AM

Petlyovden (Rooster Day) in Bulgaria – rituals for the health of young boys

Petlyovden (meaning Rooster Day) is a folk holiday in Bulgaria marked on February 2 and dedicated to the health and fertility of the male offspring of a family. It is celebrated mostly in Eastern Bulgaria - from the region of Dobrudzha to..

published on 2/2/22 11:59 AM

The statesman who laid the foundations of modern Bulgaria

Stefan Stambolov was a rarity in Bulgarian political life. Very few if any of the statesmen in this country have been able to achieve as much for a life span. A revolutionary and a poet, evolved into a politician and reformer, he is one of the..

published on 1/31/22 9:40 AM