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Saturday, July 4, 2009

Church of St. John the Theologian, Zemen Monastery, Bulgaria



Most remarkable is the oldest building of the Zemen monastery: the church, which is a monument of culture. In architectural terms it has a special place in the Balkans as a representative of the cruciform architecture.

The temple dates from the founding of monasteries in the 11 century and is just a cube-like room dimensions: length 9.18 meters, 8.71 meters width, height 7 meters (11.20 with coupon). It is built with well carved travertine blocks assembled with mortar cement.

The frescoes of the first layer to cover the second half of the 11th century. The popularity of the monument is not only due to an interesting architectural solution, but the remarkable frescoes of biblical scenes with the 14 century. The altar is a stone monolith, and the floor is built of multicolored stone and antique bricks. Dome was built of stone and stands on a high cylindrical drum.

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