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In 1817 master-builders from the famous Smolski and Mirkovski architectural schools constructed a new church in place of the old one, burnt down by the Kurdzhalii (Turkish raiders). According to legend, it was build in 11 days. The church is low, dug deep into the ground, dimly lit, painted to look like a regular house on the outside so as to attract as little attention as possible. What is remarkable about it is its iconostasis, carved from wood by a famous Bulgaria craftsman - Hadji Georgi from Vidin, a representative of the Teteven school of wood-carving. It was completed 4 years after the church was built. The iconostasis resembles a delicate wooden cobweb in which Biblical motifs and beautiful plants and animals are entwined. The iconographic murals were created by celebrated icon painters such as Zahari Zograf, Ivan Nikolov Obrazopisov, Ivan Spaskovski and Hristo Enchev.

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  • Written Jul 10, 2008
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