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I have seen quite a few matchstick artwork pieces, but nothing like this impressive sculpture by Bulgarian artist Plamen Ignatov. This piece took 16 years and 6 million matches to complete. Aside from matchsticks, his mind-blowing miniature model boasts a body of wood and gems, making it a mesmerizing and beautiful replica of the largest Eastern Orthodox monastery in Bulgaria.
This model doesn’t only honor the building, it stands as a great example of dedication and patience evident in every one of its details. For instance: the face of Christ resides in in one of the miniature wooden walls. Now on display at the Museum of Archaeological in Sofia, Bulgaria, this extraordinary piece by Plamen Ignatov better stay away from fire.