Hardback brown cloth with dust jacket.
Septemvri state publishing house, Sofia, 1985
Condition fair - water stain to boards front and back bottom spine corner (approx 8cm high by 15cm long). Shelf wear to DJ, water stain has also effected DJ with staining visible on the reverse and slight wrinkling to corner area on back.
Today, these mysterious monuments are known as rock or cave churches and monasteries, although the caves were only a detail in their existence. The artificial cave complexes found all over the Bulgarian lands have a special place in the centuries-long cultural heritage of the Bulgarian people. They are very widespread in the present Bulgarian lands on the territories of the Sofia, Vidin, Vratsa, Pleven, Lovech, Rousse, Razgrad, Turgovishte, Tolbukhin, Silistra, Shoumen, Vama and Haskovo Districts, where over one thousand rock churches and monks' cells have been preserved. One is amazed by the remarkable variety of methods of construction and the architectural solutions found in these monasteries in caves dug into soft limestone rocks or given a better shape by human hands at different periods of history. Traces of buildings on the ground have remained near many of them, once elements of the general architectural ensembles, but effaced by time and the vicissitudes of history. That is why these mysterious monuments are known as rock or cave churches and monasteries, although the caves were only a detail in their existence. Dug into perpendicular rocks, at heights from a few up to 70 metres above the ground, many of them are only to be reached with the aid of special technical devices. That is why many drawings and inscriptions have been preserved here, and also mural paintings of historical and artistic value. A study of them reveals unknown pages of a world long past, one from which we are descended. At what time rock monasteries appeared and developed in Bulgaria cannot be ascertained with precision. The special nature of these monuments almost excludes archaeological excavations as a means of studying them, while written sources concerning them are very scarce.