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Get Thee to a Monastery!

September 22nd 2019
It is Sunday morning and we had now been in Bulgaria for a week. Each day had been an education on Bulgaria: its ancient and recent historical treasures, its art & architecture, traditional culture, food and even modes of transportation. We had seen sites spanning many historical eras: the 20th-century remnants of the Communist era, Koprivshtitsa’s 19th-century Bulgarian National Revival archit ... read more
Europe » Bulgaria » Plovdiv Province » Asenovgrad

Bulgarian Flag The Bulgars, a Central Asian Turkic tribe, merged with the local Slavic inhabitants in the late 7th century to form the first Bulgarian state. In succeeding centuries, Bulgaria struggled with the Byzantine Empire to assert its place in the Balkans, b... ... read more
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2nd January 2020

It is the expression & the poise of the hand
Religious paintings can be compelling or passe. The blank eyes, pursed lips and the not quite right position of the fingers makes this painting...not only compelling but extraordinary. Love it.
2nd January 2020

expression & poise...
Thank you for all your kind comments! Bachkovo Monastery was a treasure trove of religious art as you can imagine. I was thrilled that they allowed photography inside of the cathedral and churches there!

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