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The Monument Church of the Nativity of Christ or the Shipka Monastery is the first monument of Bulgarian-Russian friendship in Bulgaria. The temple is located in the vicinity of the town of Shipka, in the south of the Shipka Pass.
On the walls of the open galleries and inside the temple, marble slabs were installed, on which you can see the names of military units that took part in the Battle of Shipka, as well as lists of names Russian officers and soldiers, Bulgarian militias who died during the defense of Shipka, as well as in battles near the cities of Stara Zagora and Kazanlak. In the crypt of the temple in the sarcophagi are the remains of the heroes.
The idea of creating the temple and the idea belonged to ON. Skobelevoy – mother of General Skobelev. Funds for the construction were collected from military and civil organizations, citizens of Bulgaria and Russia, and numerous donors. The construction committee was headed by Count N.P. Ignatiev. By the will of the donors, the temple was created for the prayerful commemoration of the soldiers-liberators, in connection with which it received the status of a `` memorial temple. ''
The construction of the building began in 1885 and was completed in 1902. The monastery complex includes hotels for pilgrims, a church, a theological seminary, a shelter and a monastery building.
Not far from the temple is an abandoned cemetery of officers, generals and soldiers who were in the Russian Imperial Army, who after 1917 ended up in Bulgaria and who lived in a shelter at the Shipka Monastery. The cemetery appeared here in the 1920s and existed until the 1950s. Today, the cemetery has almost completely merged with the forest.
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Topic: Shipka monastery in Bulgaria.