Church of St Petka of the Saddlers

Friday, 02 November 2018

The church is a small single-nave building, partly dug into the ground. The lies an ancient religious place beneath it where old Roman tombs have been found.

The church was first mentioned in the 16th century and was constructed at the place of a former Roman religious building. It is today a monument of culture known for its mural paintings from the 14th, 15th, 17th and 19th centuries depicting biblical scenes. The church is dedicated to St Petka, an 11th century Bulgarian saint. The Church of Saint Petka acquired its present name due to the saint being a patron of the saddlers in the Middle Ages, who performed their rituals in the church.