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Les monastères rupestres le long de la rivière Suha, dans la région de Dobrudja de Sud
Rock Monasteries on the Souha River in the South Dobroudja

Author(s): Georgi Atanasov
Subject(s): History
Published by: AV ČR - Akademie věd České republiky - Slovanský ústav and Euroslavica

Summary/Abstract: Within the confines of the Dorostol eparchy south of the Gollesh stronghold and along the banks of the Souha River was conducted exploration on a colony of rock monasteries. The center of the monks’ colony is represented by the “Gyaur Evleri” monastery in proximity to the late-antique castle by the village of Ballick (the late-antique Adinna), at the foots of which there are well manifested cultural layers from the 5th-6th and 10th c. The big monasteries around Ballick attributed to the 5th-6th c. are explicitly cynobian with expressive allusions to Syrian influences in the architectural plans as well as the liturgical performance. Those situated to the north, like Gollesh, Brestnitsa and Onnogur, as well as some to the south, like the Hittovo monastery, are small cloisters of the skit type related to the monastic center of “Gyaur Evleri”. There are also some documented hermit and recluse cells. The colony was deserted simultaneously with the nearby castles toward the end of the 6th and fully abandoned in the 7th c. but life in these parts was revived in the period of the First Bulgarian Kingdom during the 10th c.

  • Issue Year: LXIX/2011
  • Issue No: 1-2
  • Page Range: 189-218
  • Page Count: 30
  • Language: French