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  • Writer's pictureStefan Ivanov

Sveta Bogoroditsa area above the village of Manastir

Updated: Mar 9, 2023

After the Liberation of Bulgaria, the so-called Treaty of Berlin was drawn up and signed, which regulated the changes in the position of the Ottoman Empire after the Russian-Turkish War of 1877-1878.

Saint Bogoroditsa area above the village of Manastir, Rhodopes

The Treaty of Berlin defines the territory of the Principality of Bulgaria in the lands between the Danube and Stara Planina and the erstwhile Sanjak of Sofia.

Between Stara Planina and the Rhodopes, the autonomous region of Eastern Rumelia was established, while Macedonia, Eastern Thrace and Western Thrace remained under the direct authority of the sultan.

Saint Bogoroditsa area above the village of Manastir, Rhodopes

At that time, the village of Davidkovo remained within the boundaries of the then Ottoman Empire.

Part of the population left the village and headed for the newly liberated Bulgarian lands.

On September 8, 1890, they passed from here and founded a new village nearby – Manastir.

Saint Bogoroditsa area above the village of Manastir, Rhodopes

On the occasion of the 120th anniversary of the foundation of the village, a 13-meter cross was erected, which is visible from afar.

How to get to here?

Just before the village of Mánastir, take the sharp turn to the left - the road to Davidkovo, as well as to the "Svoboda" hut - the starting point for climbing Svoboda peak.

On the left on the road to Davidkovo you will find the area of Sveta Bogoroditsa (it means Holy Virgin).

What can be visited nearby?

About 4.5 kilometers (about 8 minutes by car) from Sveta Bogoroditsa are the meadows near Svoboda hut.

There is a separate small parking lot in front of the lodge. From here start the 604 steps to the top.

Also you can explore the village of Manastir.

I wish you a charming walk!

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