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The State Tretyakov Gallery opened an exhibition "Masterpieces of Bulgarian Church Art". Stunning exhibition, treasures of Orthodox Christian art from Bulgaria! Visitors can see unique exhibits of the exhibition - ancient icons and manuscripts, sewing, liturgical utensils - allow to join the rich spiritual heritage of the country.
 
  At the opening of the exhibition, the director of the Tretyakov Gallery Zelphira Tregulova made a welcoming speech, highlighting the special significance of this unique exhibition in the cultural ties between Russia and Bulgaria.
 
  Bulgarian Ambassador to Russia Boyko Kotsev expressed his gratitude for the support of the exhibition and stressed: "Today we are witnessing a truly grandiose event of the Bulgarian-Russian cultural dialogue - the opening of an exhibition of Bulgarian masterpieces in one of the world's greatest museums, the State Tretyakov Gallery."
  Bulgarian Culture Minister Boil Banov noted that "Russian and Bulgarian ecclesiastical art developed under the influence of the Byzantine school, but it is now clear that both peoples have created their own unique style."
  The opening was attended by high-ranking representatives of Orthodox churches in Russia and Bulgaria, in particular, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, Metropolitan Anthony of Western and Central Europe, who blessed the work of the exhibition.
     The exposition consists of 47 works of Bulgarian church art that were brought to the Tretyakov Gallery from the three main museums of the republic: the National Historical Museum in Sofia, the Museum "Old Nessebar" and the National Library of Cyril and Methodius. The exhibition will run on September 2.
On the opening day of the exhibition, the church-museum of St. Nicholas in Tolmachi at the Tretyakov Gallery hosted a prayer service. Here, the miraculous icon of the Mother of God of the Three Hands of the Troyan Stavropigial Monastery is exhibited for worship.
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