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-The old Blagoevgrad district of Varosha protects in its heart Vuvedenie Bogorodichno church. The sanctuary has been named a national monument of culture.

Bansko icon painting artists worked on the rich church decorations. Wood carvings feature deep tracery, especially noticeable in the decorations of the iconostasis.

The bell tower is unusually positioned on the side of the church. Vuvedenie Bogorodichno complex has been constructed to resemble the church of Rila Monastery.

A Gotse Delchev memorial and a monument of Ivan Pavlovich Orlinski (one of the soldiers connected to the first liberation of Blagoevgrad from Ottoman rule) can be seen in the church yard.

Father Petur is ready to discuss the history of the church with each curious visitor. Before the church was constructed, a small chapel existed there and was the home of a monk. The first Blagoevgrad school started functioning there. It turned into a spiritual and education center and most of the teachers were Rila Monastery monks.

The modernization of the Ottoman empire increased the needs of locals for spiritual enlightenment. In 1838, they sent a request to Ottoman authorities for the construction of a church.

Construction works began in 1840. Residents of Varosha district put all their effort in the process. Even women brought stones to the construction site. Work continued four years and the church welcomed worshipers for the first time in 1844. It was one of the most richly decorated sanctuaries in the region.

During the revival period, a school was built in the church yard. Teachers got unusually high payment but were subjected to strict scrutiny by the monks.

Ouspenie Bogorodichno church has been preserved in their original state. Blagoevgrad residents liven it up during holiday and Sunday masses.....from Bulgaria inside com.

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