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Saint Athanasius Church, village of Belopolyane

village of Belopolyane in Haskovo, Bulgaria
A remarkable example of National Revival Period church architecture from the first half of the 19th century, a monument of culture. Built in 1838, the church is a typical three-nave pseudo-basilica with a single apse, a pentagonal bell tower and richly embossed sculpture work on the outer walls. The interior is also original, distinguished by the only two-storey gallery in the municipality. The icons of the iconostasis are of high artistic value, as a great rarity for the area are two pilgrim icons brought from the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. Particular attention is also paid to the monstrance decorated with picturesque appliquéd ornaments.

INTERESTING FACTS: 
The church is active, open on all Christian holidays, but only on the church patron feast of Saint Athanasius (18 Jan, 2 May). In May, a sacrificial kurban meal for health is offered to the worshippers.
 
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