Sveta Nedelya Church – Batak

 

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“Sveta Nedelya” Church was erected in 1813 for just 75 days with the volunteer work of Batak citizens. The church has a cross shaped structure with dome, built entirely of stone, oak doors and is surrounded by tall stone walls.

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During the April Uprising from 1876, “Sveta Nedelya” happened to be the last fortress of the Batak rebels, whose fierce defense lead to the Batak slaughter. About 2000 Bulgarians – mainly women, children and elderly people, lost their lives in the church slaughter by the Ottoman army.

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After Bulgaria’s liberation from the Ottoman empire Sveta Nedelya church was no longer used for worship and services – it keeps the bones of the dead in the Batak slaughter. In 1955 the temple was declared a State Museum and in 1977 – a Bulgarian national heritage monument.

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