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Commenting article: Bulgarian Archaeologists Claim Oldest Monastery in Europe

Bulgarian archaeologists have uncovered what they believe is the oldest Christian monastery in Europea near the village of Zlatna Livada in southern Bulgaria.

According to latest archaeological research, the St. Athanasius monastery, still functioning near the village, has been founded in 344 by St. Athanasius himself, reports the BGNES agency.

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 Pyr?n?es-Orientales, France (373 AD).

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#1
Dino the Athenian - 19 Mar 2012 // 03:12:43

Awesome! Showcase Bulgaria and its strong Thracian connection.

Bulgarians and Greeks go way back as ancient stock of the Mediterranean people inhabiting these lands for thousands of years.

#2
Naso - 19 Mar 2012 // 06:51:37

Bravo St. Athanasius, bravo.
Whit no Christian faith' very bad times for the European nations and people.
„Love Bulgaria” 1%++ …......

#3
dave aka lambsev - 27 Mar 2012 // 23:35:19

John 1
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 The same was in the beginning with God.
3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

9 That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.
10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.
11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

and the things of the world will grow strangely dim in the light of His Glory and Grace...

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