Dryanovo Monastery “St. Archangel Michael”

For centuries the Dryanovo Monastery “St. Archangel Michael” has been one of the centers of development of the Bulgarian Christianity and culture, and nowadays it continues to attract worshipers and tourists. The Monastery is situated at a distance of about 6 km from the town of Dryanovo, on the road to the town of Gabrovo.
On the place where it is situated now, the monastery “St. Archangel Michael” exists from the end of 17th century. In the monastery there was an enormous library, which turned it into one of the largest education centers during the Revival. The Kurdjalis (bandits who were usually acting in groups in the Ottoman Empire) set the monastery on fire for the third time, but after that it was restored again.
In 19th century a renovation of the holy monastery began, residential buildings were constructed, and in 1845 a new temple was raised.
The Monastery “St. Archangel Michael” is one of the centers of preparation of the April Uprising (1976) for liberation from Ottoman Dominion. Upon the rout of the uprising the monastery was demolished again. Soon after that it was partially restored and on 3 April 1877 its main temple was solemnly consecrated. The monastery is a starting point of the Dryanovo eco path, which passes along the banks of river Andaka, then by the Bacho Kiro cave. In 2003 in the region of the monastery was developed another eco path – Via Ferrata. The path begins from the holy monastery, passes by the railway line, and then it continues in the south direction by the bank of the Dryanovska river to the Sini Vir waterfall. The path is marked in blue and also has designative board-signs. After that along a stone staircase one can get on the edge of the stone crown of the Dryanovska river. The route presents a wonderful view towards the canyons of the rivers Dryanovska and Andaka.

Accommodation in Dryanovo

Additional Information

The Monastery works every day from
8.00 am to 8.00 pm
no day off

The museum exposition works every day from
9.00 am to 4.00 pm

The admission for adults is BGN 2
and for students – BGN 1.

The price for a tour is BGN 3 for a group, not considering the number of the tourists in the group.