St. Michael the Archangel Monastery

St. Michael the Archangel Monastery The most famous among them is the St. Michael the Archangel Monastery situated near the picturesque gorge of the River Erma. It is said to have originated in the 14th century. One of the landmarks of the place is the ancient sacrificial table laid in the middle of the altar niche. The ancient were performing cult rituals to ask mercy from the pagan deity, whose Latin name is engraved in the rock. The rock itself had been transported from the nearby Prestola locality perched high above the right bank of the River Erma, where legend has it an ancient heathen shrine stood up. In the early Middle Ages the rock served as altar to the St. George church destroyed during the time of the Ottoman invasion. The few survivors hid in the thick forest on the opposite bank of the River Erma and founded the new monastery carrying the rock with them.” http://www.bnr.bg/RadioBulgaria/Emission_English/Theme_Across_The_Map_Of_Bulgaria/Material/Sacredtourism.htm