Architectural Reservation – village of Dolen
Rhodopes Mountain is tucked into skirts numerous villages in which of which - a cozy and beautiful. One of the most interesting - and well-preserved settlements are Dolen. The village still keeps the spirit of the Renaissance Bulgaria and old houses tell tales of times long gone. Lower is a typical mountain village located in the southwestern part of the Dubrava share Western Rhodopes, at 1020 m altitude. Located 26 km from the town of Gotse Delchev and 128 km from Blagoevgrad. It was founded by settlers in the sixteenth century. Fleeing violent pohamedanchvane. First mentioned in the Ottoman registers in 1671 Village reached its zenith during the Renaissance when most houses are built. Dolentsi have dealt with jewelry, kiradzhiystvo grown are tobacco and cattle. To the present day in the village have been preserved in its authentic form over 70 houses, monuments, and for which was declared a historical and architectural reserve in 1977 Dolen houses is characteristic nose of the upper floor and decorated with carving ceilings preserved in some houses. Among the most - interesting buildings in the village is the church "Sv. Nicholas "built back in 1834 the Church impresses with its wonderful carvings, made by self-taught artists and the iconostasis, authored by painter Georgi Filipov Debar - which later moved to Gabrovo. The building of the church has an authentic school, which you can visit. Is a unique feeling to walk along the narrow cobblestone streets of the village of Dolen. You will feel the comfort and the spirit of old Bulgaria will experience unforgettable moments in high stone dovari, seen and sorrow and joy, the memories of Renaissance times. The village was shooting a lot of movies here are created masterpieces of Bulgarian cinema as "Captain Petko Voivode", "24 hours of rain," "Exam" and others. Village you visit, be sure to look at the intersection "Kavalite" Charshiyska street Nikolovata fountain. In Lower offers accommodation in traditional houses and places to eat, where to taste typical area Rhodope dishes and specialties.