Heading towards Tryavna, all of a sudden we noticed a brightly shining golden copula in the distance, the rest of the building was hidden in the thick forest around it. A look at the map and we knew, this was famous Shipska Monastery.
The atmosphere here was a lot more relaxed than in Rila or Bachkovo, the visit was topped by the privilege to be present during an orthodox mass. Priests and laymen were singing like in a chorus and a bearded priest in a heavily ornamented robe was walking around swinging that incense burner even at those people who shyly waited at the church’s entrance.
Like in Rila, there were a few fountains in the yard with crystal clear water gushing from protruding pipes. We poured it over our head and face, also filled up a few bottles for internal cleansing, you never know.
Later into the journey, in the middle of nowhere, a gigantic statue rose into the sky. Next to it was what looked like a giant UFO, both made from solid concrete. Another megalomaniac piece the Communist Era?