Bulgarian Archaeologists Claim What May Be the Oldest Monastery in Europe

22 Mar

“According to latest archaeological research, St. Athanasius Monastery, still functioning near the village, was founded in 344 by St. Athanasius himself. Until now, the Candida Casa Monastery, founded in 371 AD in Galloway, Scotland, was believed to be the oldest Christian monastery in Europe, followed by the St. Martin Monastery in the Eastern Pyrénées. in France (373 AD). Archaeologists have examined objects in a hermit’s cave and shrine located near the present St. Athanasius monastery in Bulgaria, and found evidence that the great saint might have resided there. Additional studies in archives at the Vatican have confirmed that St. Athanasius was present at the Church Council in Serdica (modern Sofia) in 343 AD. He then travelled on to Constantinople and is believed to have stopped in the area of present Zlatna Livada, which is located in Thrace on the ancient way between Serdica and Constantinople….” (via Holy Cross Monastery) http://www.novinite.com/view_news.php?id=137665

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