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“St. Bogoroditsa Spileotisa” monastery

Type: Sites and monuments databases or inventories Publisher: National Institute of Archaeology with Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

The monastery “Sv. Bogoroditsa Spileotisa” is located in the eastern part of the plateau Sv. Nikolai, which is just south of the modern city Melnik. It is surrounded by three sides by steep almost vertical slopes above 100 meters. Archaeological excavations were conducted in 1979 – 1982, f...

“The Virgin Mary, Mother of God” church

Type: Sites and monuments databases or inventories Publisher: National Institute of Archaeology with Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

A small, single-nave church with dimensions: 4.25 m in length, 2.51 m in width and thickness of the walls from 0.7 to 0.75 m. The additionally built narthex is 3.85 m in length. The apse is semicircular, both inside and outside, and occupies nearly the whole width of the nave. The church i...

“St. Archangel Michael” Church

Type: Sites and monuments databases or inventories Publisher: National Institute of Archaeology with Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

Режим на ползване А The “St. Archangel Michael” Church was originally built as a crossed-dome church in 14th c. and two narthexes were additionally built later, in the 16th and 19th c. There are three layers of frescoes in the oldest part of the church.

“St. Todor” church

Type: Sites and monuments databases or inventories Publisher: National Institute of Archaeology with Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

The “St. Todor” Church is a small cross-domed church with dimensions 7.40 x 6.20 m. It is built of cut stones bound with mortar, whilst the vaults and the dome were entirely built with bricks. There are two layers of frescoes.

St. Atanas church

Type: Sites and monuments databases or inventories Publisher: National Institute of Archaeology with Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

A single-nave church with external dimensions 8 x 5 m; it is entirely built with stones bound with mortar

St. Petka church

Type: Sites and monuments databases or inventories Publisher: National Institute of Archaeology with Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

It is a small basilica, pseudo triconchal church with internal dimensions of 6.35 x 3 m. Nowadays to the church is added large hall with gallery and bell tower. The whole medieval part of the church was painted, but the frescoes were discovered only in the apse.

St. Nikola church / St. Nikolaos church

Type: Sites and monuments databases or inventories Publisher: National Institute of Archaeology with Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

A small, one-nave church with dimensions length 7 m and width 5.30 m. The wall thickness is 0.75 m. The apse is semi-circular inside and outside. It had a semicylindrical vault now replaced with eave-shaped roof. The entrance is from west. The original church is dated back in 16th century...

“St. Archangel Michael” Church

Type: Sites and monuments databases or inventories Publisher: National Institute of Archaeology with Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

The church is a small, single-nave building with apse and in anti on the west wall. Dimensions: 6.85 m in length, 4.35 m in width. The dome is semi-cylindrical. The church is built with cut stone. It was completely covered with frescoes. Nowadays, frescoes are preserved only in the lower p...

Vavedenie Bogorodichno church (Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Temple)

Type: Sites and monuments databases or inventories Publisher: National Institute of Archaeology with Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

The church “Vuvedenie Bogorodichno” is located in the centre of town Melnik, in the neighbourhood Chatala. It functioned until the beginning of 20th century. Archaeological excavations were conducted in 1983 by a team directed by Violeta Nesheva. Established were two main periods of const...

Inner fortress of Veliki Preslav

Type: Sites and monuments databases or inventories Publisher: National Institute of Archaeology with Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

The aul in Preslav has a shape of an irregular quadrangle, in the paddock space of the stone wall were situated bath and other buildings. When around it was erected the city, it occupied a central position as the citadel of the newly built capital. As a second line of defence there is a st...