St. John the Baptistís Holy Cloister of Lopushna
||St. John the Baptistís Holy
Cloister of Lopoushna,
Gheorgi Damianovo, Montana District
St. John the Baptistís Holy Cloister of Lopoushna is an
Orthodox Bulgarian monastery built in the 19th century on the ruins of
an old monastery and some ancient sanctuaries. It was the work of Bulgarian
constructors from the Tzaribrod region. The Rila Monastery served as an
example. St. John the Baptistís Holy Cloister of Lopoushna is in the diocese
of the Vidin bishopric, which covers the North-West of Bulgaria. It is
situated at the foot of the Balkan Range. A tributary to the Ogosta river
runs near by the monastery. It is surrounded by forests. In some expertsí
opinion, this place is, ecologically, one of the purest spots in Europe.
It is a 20- minutes' drive away from the large dam lake along the Ogosta
river. It provides good conditions for leisure-time activities like hunting,
fishing, mushroom- and herb-gathering.
Larger towns in its neighbourhood are Montana, Berkovitza,
How to travel to St. Johnís Holy Cloister of Lopoushna:
Starting point Sofia - there are fast trains from
Sofia to Montana five times a day. The distance Montana - Monastery of
Lopoushna may be travelled by bus. A small detail: In Montana the
bus station is next to the railway station and it is easy to change. If
you wish, you may take a taxi from the railway station to the Lopoushna
Cloister (20-25 minutesí drive)
Starting points Rousse and Varna - the railway
transfer is at the station of Mezdra, where express and fast trains meet.
Starting points the Vidin ferry, Vrashka Chuka checkpoint
and Bregovo checkpoint - you can travel by the fast trains or by bus
from Vidin to Montana.
From Sofia: Route 1: Sofia - the Petrokhan
passage - Berkovitza - the village of Borovtzi - the village of Gavril
Ghenovo - the village of Gheorghi Damianovo - the Holy Cloister of Lopoushna.
2: Sofia - the Petrokhan passage - Berkovitza - Montana - Ogosta
dam lake - Gavril Ghenovo - Gheorghi Damianovo - Holy Cloister of Lopoushna.
3: Sofia - the Vitinya passage - Vratza - Montana - Gavril Ghenovo
- Gheorghi Damyanovo - Holy Cloister of Lopoushna.
From the Vidin ferry, Vrashka Chukka checkpoint and Bregovo
Turnoff to the Lopushna Holy Cloister is before the city
of Montana, then follow Gavril Ghenovo - Gheorghi Damianovo - Holy Cloister
of Lopoushna. There is a second possibility - driving parallel to the Danube
- Montana - Ogosta dam - Gavril Ghenovo, Gheorghi Damianovo - Holy
Cloister of Lopoushna.
If driving from Rousse and Varna, the route goes through
Pleven - Vratza - Montana.
If driving from the Oryahovo ferry, better take the
road passing through Vratza.
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