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Church St. Teodor Tiron - the village of Sovolyano

     The church St. Teodor Tiron was built in 1834 upon the bases of an older shrine. It is the second church, built in the region after the Bishop's Church Virgin Mary's Assumption in the town of Kyustendil in 1816. St. Teodor Tiron is located in the center of the village, next to the stadium.


     It is one-nave constructed and dug into the ground to three steps level. It is 18 m long and 4 meters wide. The iconostasis is original. The icons were pictured in 1860 by an unknown master of icon-painting who was good at framing, coloration and achieved a perfect blend of colours.


     Later a new part was added to the west side of the church and near it in 1887 was built belfry with diameter of 4 m and a height of 13 m. There was a church school built together with the shrine and situated next to the belfry.


     From Kyustendil to the church it is about 7 km.


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Do you know that:

  • in 1966 Kyustendil was declared a national resort.
  • the church “St. George” in Kyustendil is the oldest preserved medieval church in southwestern Bulgaria.
  • the border with Republic of Macedonia passes through the peak of Ruen.