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Dryanovo Monastery "St. Archangel Michael" was founded in the Middle Ages during the reign of king Kaloyan, after the relics of St. Michael Voin were carried from Potuka to Tarnovo (1197 1207). The procession staid for one night near the river Dryanovska and according the Christian canon a monastery had to be built on the holy place. During the centuries Dryanovo Monastery turned into a center of Bulgarian culture and education. It played an important part for the preparation of the April Uprising, because supplies of food and weapons were stored there. On 29 April 1876 the detachment of pop/priest/ Hariton came into the monastery. They were surrounded by the Turks but they kept fighting for 9 days. Most of the members of the detachment lost their lives in the battle. The monastery was destroyed and burnt down but it was partially reconstructed in 1877 when the first ceremony in the name of the killed fighters from the band took place. It was later on fully reconstructed during the 1890es. The charnel-house in remembrance of the killed fighters was built in 1897 near the church of the monastery.

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