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Krustova Gora (The Cross Forest)

Krustova Gora ("Cross Forest" in English) is considered by the Bulgarians as our "Rhodope Jerusalem". The first monastery built in that area (The St.Trinity Monastery) was constructed in as early as 1002. The monastery keeps a relic from the very Cross that Jesus was crucified on, brought here from Jerusalem by the St.St.Constantine and Helena. During the Ottoman enforcement to convert the Christians to Mohammedanism (Muslim religion), the monastery was robbed and put on fire. All the monks were killed, but the legend says that they managed to hide the Holy Icon, in which the piece of the Holy Cross had been built in. People come on a pilgrimage-like travels here, and they sleep under the stars in the true hope to heal themselves or their closest ones, and to get closer of the spiritual radiance of that sacred place.

In 1993, due to the proficient management of the monastery's abbot - the manciple Vassilij Ariinski, and the donations by patriotic people, the construction of the new church,"The Shroud of the Holy Virgin", started. On September 22nd, 1995, His Holiness the Bulgarian Patriarch Maxim, together with most eminent prelates, served the first Holy Liturgy in the newly built church.

Tsar Boris III’s Cross Tsar Boris III’s Cross
Tsar Boris III’s Cross
Tsar Boris III’s CrossThe cross Tsar Boris III gave as a present to Krustova Gora, after the miraculous healing of his sister, Princess Eudokia.
Magna silva Bulgarica Magna silva Bulgarica
Magna silva Bulgarica
Magna silva BulgaricaMagna silva Bulgarica – the sacred Bulgarian forest. That is the popular name in the ancient times of the Rhodope Mountains. The road to Krustova Gora (the Cross Forest) winds through uniqie scenery…
A place for rest A place for rest
A place for rest
A place for restWhen walking up to the mountain’s top or back down, the tired hiker could indulge in the utter beauty of the perfectly clean cold mountain water.
The Borovo village The Borovo village
The Borovo village
The Borovo village The village of Borovo is the last settlement on the way to the top of the mountain.
The Borovo Church The Borovo Church
The Borovo Church
The Borovo ChurchThe board of the “Birth of the Holy Virgin” church in the Borovo village decided to build the orthodox church on the Krustov Vruh (meaning Cross Peak) in 1956.
Cross Peak Cross Peak
Cross Peak
Krustov Vruh (Cross Peak)Krustov Vruh (meaning the Peak of the Cross) stands at 1545 m altitude. Archeologists keep looking for the famous temple of Dyonisus right in that region…
The old St.Trinity church The old St.Trinity church
The old St.Trinity church
The old St.Trinity churchThe old St.Trinity church, built in 1956 by the people from the Borovo village, on top of the ruined monastery church foundations.
The new church The new church
The new church
The new churchThe new church “Shroud of the Holy Virgin”, consecrated on September 24th, 1995.
The iconstasis The iconstasis
The iconstasis
The iconstasisThe iconostasis in the new church made by walnut tree wood, in the style of the Preslav school – with motives and plots from the Golden Age of the Tsar Simeon’s reign, as well as from the Revival period. The symbols of fertility and joy are interwoven into the six panel boards by the hand of the wood-carver.
The twelve chapels The twelve chapels
The twelve chapels
The twelve chapelsThe twelve chapels, named after the twelve disciples of Jesus Christ, are built on both sides of the road leading from the church to the cross on the peak top.
The cross on the peak The cross on the peak
The cross on the peak
The cross on the peakStanding up there, on the top, the Cross reminds the visitors of the Holy Cross Jesus was crucified on.
Sacred place Sacred place
Sacred place
Sacred placeKrustova Gora (Cross Forest) has always been a sacred place for all Bulgarians – a place where everyone goes with faith in the heart and leaves with hope for the better days ahead…
The reconstructed chapel The reconstructed chapel
The reconstructed chapel
The reconstructed chapelThe reconstructed chapel of St. Ivan Rilski (John of Rila).
The healing Holy Spring The healing Holy Spring
The healing Holy Spring
The healing Holy SpringThe healing Holy Spring.
Holy saints Holy saints
Holy saints
St. Cyril and Methodius and their five disciples
A view to the Cross Peak A view to the Cross Peak
A view to the Cross Peak
A view to the Cross PeakA view to Krustov Vruh (the Cross Peak) from the old St. Trinity church.