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Dobursko village and the old church

Dobursko village and the old church

One of the oldest settlements in the foot of Rila Mountain hides in its heart a real historic treasure. The village of Doburskois situated 180 km away from Sofia and 20 km away from the resort of Bansko. There, you can explore the church St. St. Teodor and Tiron Stratilat. The church was constructed in 1614. Many historians have examined it and written books and research papers about the sanctuary. Structure enabled the church survive Ottoman rule, since nearly half of the building is dug into the ground. St. St. Teodor and Tiron Stratilat is plain and almost unnoticeable from the outside, a fact compensated for by the interior that is richly painted and decorated. The unique wall paintings make historians wonder. Many rumors and stories about their origin have been circulated. Some of the theories focus on the modernistic looks of some icons. Skeptics sometimes call the church the place where the icon of Jesus Christ in a rocket is found. Many wall paintings seem to be unorthodox. According to some descriptions the halos of saints resemble helmets. Some unusual symbols like swastikas can be seen on the façade.