Artist Builds a Six Million-Matchstick Model Monastery

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Michelangelo spent only three years carving David. Da Vinci's depiction of The Last Supper required just three. This giant model of the Rila Monastery by Bulgarian artist Plamen Ignatov demanded 16 years of dedication.

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Officially known as the Monastery of Saint Ivan of Rila, it is Bulgaria's largest Eastern Orthodox monastery and the second-largest temple in the world, behind the Orthodox Church of Mount Athos in Greece. It was founded in the 10th century—reportedly growing from a cave that housed the monastery's founder. After being rebuilt at the end of the 15th century, it long served as a repository for Bulgarian culture during times of foreign occupation—including nearly 500 years of Ottoman rule. The Rila Monastery is now protected as a UNESCO World Heritage site and receives nearly a million visitors annually.

The model is currently on display in the Bulgarian capitol of Sofia at the National Archaeological Museum. [Yahoo via My Modern Met via Geekosystem - Wikipedia]

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Illustration for article titled Artist Builds a Six Million-Matchstick Model Monastery
Illustration for article titled Artist Builds a Six Million-Matchstick Model Monastery
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The original monastery in Bulgaria

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Alf, in pog form

It would only take one traitor amongst the six-million innocents to bring that kingdom down.