Cherepish Monastery

History links the name of Sophronius of Vratsa with two monasteries which are quite distant one from another – the Kapinovo and the Cherepish monasteries. Like all other Bulgarian cloisters, the Cherepish monastery also rises above a river - the Iskar. More precisely – it is located in the picturesque Iskar Gorge in the Balkan mountains.
Throughout the centuries, it was inhabited by men of letters, translators and calligraphers who have left us with numerous valuable works such as the Cherepish Gospel of the 16th century, bound with gold covers and depicting scriptural scenes, the Gospel of Monk Danail and Jacob's Book of Apostles (both dating from the 17th century), and the Margarit collection of sermons and precepts compiled by Priest Todor of Vratsa in 1762.
The approximate date of the monastery's emergence is certified in wilting: a deed recorded between 1390 and 1396 is kept today at Sofia's Church Historical and Archaeological Museum. Some of the murals in the old church were possibly painted about the mid-19th century by Tryavna artists, but are badly damaged. The loss is somewhat compensated by the skilfully carved iconostasis and bishop's throne.
 

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