adopted the Christianity in 865. Prince Boris (852-889) who considered
monachism useful for purely State interests, built solid mo- nasteries
and churches inspiring respect and a sence of security, first in the
capital city of Pliska and near it. The second Christian ruler, the
youngest son of Boris, Tsar Simeon (893-927), erected the new capital
of Preslav, and founded monasteries in remote and quiet places creating
conditions for educational and literary work of writers and theologians.The
monasteries were to hammer out the foundations of the future culture
and spiritual community. Round about 886, Prince Boris I accommodated
the disciples of Cyril and Methodius, the creators of the Slavonic-Bulgarian
letters, at St. Panteleimon's Monastery built upon his orders near Preslav.
One of the disciples of Cyril and Methodius, Naoum, established here
the new Old-Bulgarian alphabet - the so called Cyrillic alphabet (the
bases of present-day Bulgarian letters).