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Mountain Tourism: Mala Tsurkva

The village of Mala Tsurkva lies in the Sofia district, 10km to the southwest of the town of Samokov and 70km to the southeast of Sofia. Its population is 494 people. In 1969, it was declared a resort of local significance. The village lies by the Levi Iskar (i.e. Left Iskar) river, in the northern slopes of the Rila mountain at 1,200 metres above sea level. The main historical sight in the village is the St St Peter and Pavel church built in the 16th c. During Bulgarias Ottoman rule, the church was dug underground but continued to function. The church has several layers of frescoes, painted by masters from the famous Samokov School of religious paintings, and is declared a monument of culture. In the month of July each year, the village of Mala Tsurkva celebrates the Holiday of Water, with the aim to promote the richness of waters in the Rila mountain. The villages annual holiday is marked on St Peters Day, June 29.

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