In English: The Transfiguration monastery is built in an extremely picturesque place, about 10 km away from the ancient fortress of Tsarevets. It lies at the foot of vertical rocks on the left bank of the Yantra river, down on the way from Veliko Turnovo to Rousse. The yard of the monastery offers a marvellous view to the defile of the river and the opposite rocky hill, the foot of which shelters another monastery, the Patriarch’s “Holy Trinity”.
The Transfiguration monastery was established in the 14th century and is still functioning at present. Unfortunately, none of the original buildings are kept to date – the entire present-day complex was built in the 19th century. The “St Transfiguration” church also dates back to that time. Its construction was started by the Dimitar of Sofia master (later captured and hanged by the Ottomans for his taking part in the famous Velcho’s plot against the Ottoman Empire) and finished by a famous architect of that time, Kolcho Fitcheto. The church has a unique design, which is hardly comparable to any other shrine in a Bulgarian monastery. The picturesque wall paintings, created by another renowned artist, Zahari Zograf, is also imposing on visitors. Over a period of three years, from 1849 to 1851, Zahari works over some of the masterpieces of the Bulgarian Renaissance art. His work on the altar, as well as the beautiful fresco on the outer wall, named “The Cycle of Life”, deserve the biggest attention. The masterly woodcarving, called The King’s Gates, made in the 19th century is also of interest.
Some time ago, there used to be two smaller churches in the neighbourhood. Regretfully, these were destroyed by the slide of rocks 25 years ago. The monks’ dwellings with their spacious verandas, again designed by Kolyo Fitcheto, remind of the classical style of the Bulgarian Renaissance. At present, 13 monks live there.
In Bulgarian: Preobrazhenskiyat manastir e razpolozhen v izklyuchitelno zhivopisna mestnost na okolo 10 km. ot antichnata krepost Tsarevets. Lezhi v podnozhieto na otvesni skali ot lyavata strana na r. Yantra i patya ot Veliko Tarnovo za Ruse. Mnogo krasiva gledka se otkriva ot dvora na manastira kym proloma na rekata i otsreshtnia otvesen skalen rid, v podnozhieto na koyto se zabelyazva i druga obitel – Patriarsheskiyat manastir “Sv. Troitsa”.
Preobrazhenskiyat manastir e osnovan prez 14-ti vek i v momenta e deystvasht. Nyama zapazeni postroyki ot vremeto na sazdavane – segashnite sgradi sa postroeni prez 19-ti vek. Sabornata tsarkva “Sveto Preobrazhenie” sashto datira ottogava. Stroezhat y zapochva maystor Dimitar Sofiyanliyata (vposledstvie zaloven i obesen ot osmanskite nashestvenitsi zaradi uchastieto mu vav Velchovata zavera), a e napalno zavarshena ot maystor Kolyo Ficheto. Tya e s unikalna arhitektura, na koyato trudno mozhe da bade nameren analog v nyakoy ot drugite balgarski manastiri. Vpechatlyava i zhivopisnata ukrasa, sazdadena ot vidnia balgarski zhivopisets Zahari Zograf. V prodalzhenie na tri godini (1849 – 1851) toy raboti varhu nyakoi ot shedyovrite na vazrozhdenskoto izkustvo. Nay-golyamo vnimanie zasluzhavat truda mu po oltara na hrama (zhivopis i ikoni), kakto i krasivata stenna risunka na ime “Koleloto na zhivota” na vanshnata stena na tsarkvata. Interes budi i maystorskata darvorezba ot 19-ti vek na ime “Tsarskite dveri”.
Predi vreme v sasedstvo e imalo oshte dve po-malki tsarkvi. Za sazhalenie gi unishtozhava srutvane na skalni masi predi 25 godini. V monasheskite sgradi s obshirni chardatsi, sashto delo na Kolyo Ficheto, otnovo se otkroyava vazrozhdenskia stil. Dnes v tyah se pomeshtavat 13 monasi.