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The Kuklen monastery "St.Kozma and Damyan" (aka "St.Vrachove") is located in Chernatitsa part of the northern Rhodope mountain. It is situated about 3 km south-western of the town of Kuklen, 8km north-western of town of Asenovgrad and 15 km south of city of Plovdiv.

The monastery was founded during the Second Bulgarian Kingdom and is famous since the time of Tsar Ivan Alexander, because of its rich literary school and its cultural influence.

The Kuklen monastery is named after the holy brothers Kosma and Damian, who were famous healers and were able to cure all kinds of diseases, including insanity, using the healing waters of the holy spring in the monastery.

Among the most valuable attractions of the monastery are the "holy spring" (it is believed that its water is healing and helps nervous system and mental illness), the old mural in the church, the library, which has preserved valuable manuscripts and books, and more.

Kuklen monastery is operating and has been proclaimed a national monument of culture.
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Nov 13 2012 18:20 GMT Foggydew
Lovely setting!
Nov 13 2012 19:52 GMT petzka
Thank you!!

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