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St Teodor Tiron and Teodor Stratilat Church

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Address: Dobarsko, Bulgaria

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Splendid piece of history

The place is really small, but it offers a great lesson in history and how little we actually know. The short story offered by the guide is excellent-not just giving you "the only... read more

Reviewed 27 February 2017
Dimitar B
Sofia, Bulgaria
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Sofia, Bulgaria
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23 reviews
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Reviewed 27 February 2017 via mobile

The place is really small, but it offers a great lesson in history and how little we actually know. The short story offered by the guide is excellent-not just giving you "the only truth" but also offering different viewpoints on when the church was built, what do the frescoes mean and how to read the time stamps. I would strongly... More 

Thank Dimitar B
Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 25 September 2016

One of the most beautiful places I have been to. The country side is super special, quiet, one feels that you could stand and look at the view for a month. Ultra small church with interesting history. Did God come to earth in a space rocket? I don't think so, it is the way some old saint painted a picture... More 

Thank ralexander12016
Bansko, Bulgaria
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2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 25 May 2016

The church is little pretty building with colorful garden. Inside you see the the century-old frescos of Jesus in a "rocket" and Jesus in a "capsule".

Thank BTour_Bansko
Sofia, Bulgaria
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524 reviews
248 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 340 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 April 2016

Nothing special with this place! A small village church with nothing to do around it! There is some crazy idea with the space-shuttle Chris, which actually bring tourists! According to me it is just a way to depict the creator! But I would say that the most annoying was the preaching lady, that you have no choice but to listen... More 

Thank Jan V
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214 reviews
96 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 345 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 October 2015

We found the pretty village of Dobarsko by accident, just driving in the mountain from Bansko, following small roads in the middle of breathtaking landscape. At the end of the road was this small village and we noticed many people in front of a gate so we parked and went to see if there was something of interest, that's how... More 

1 Thank Jeanne70
Reigate, United Kingdom
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241 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 September 2015

This tiny church is an absolute gem. Now deconsecrated as a museum it stood empty and ignored for decades before someone removed the soot from the frescos. The guide speaks no English so it helps to have your own translator. All the frescos are un-retouched and original. The gardens in which the church is set are quite beautifu!l.

Thank PeterReigate
Sofia, Bulgaria
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132 reviews
117 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 January 2014

While in Bansko, don't hesitate to visit this church just some 20 km away from our famous ski-resort. It's located in the village Dobarsko in the bosom of Rila mountain. Officially, the church is known to have been built in 1614, although some recent researchers claim it was built in 1211. It's dedicated to two saints - St. Theodor Tyron... More 

1 Thank Tsvetana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 September 2012

If you are around this area, don't miss this small church. The walls are completely covered with ancient and well-preserved frescos. Although not very visited, it nearly can stand alongside the more popular churches in Arbanassi. But don't count with having much to eat in the village: we coudn't find any restaurant in the center of the village (and we... More 

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