Project "Development of tourism in the border region of Bulgaria and Serbia by creating tourist attractions and exhibition of representative cultural and historical sites of the municipalities Surdulica and Pravets" whit reference number СВ007.1.11.151
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Project "Development of tourism in the border region of Bulgaria and Serbia by creating tourist attractions and exhibition of representative cultural and historical sites of the municipalities Surdulica and Pravets" whit reference number СВ007.1.11.151

 Monastery and church,, Sv.Bogoroditsa “in the village of Osikovitsa

 

   The archaeological site is 8 km away south of the village of Osikovitsa, at the foot of Mount Ostroma, in the Manastirski Livadi locality. Part of a monastery complex, the church is one-nave, one-apse with a narthex from the west and a baptistery in front of the southwest corner. It was painted from inside and around the apse with a polychrome decoration dating back to the 14th century. It was built on the ruins of an earlier building and an ancient cult place. Certain evidences of this are the numerous fragments of household ceramics from VIII-VII century BC and VI - V century BC and a clay altar from IV c. BC, revealed to the west by the entrance of the church. It has been declared an architectural and cultural monument of antiquity.

 

 

 

GPS coordinates:   

42°5937.1"N  24°0027.9"E  mH 671 м

 

   The site attracts visitors аnd today. An eco-trail was built next to the site, and every 8th of September is celebrated in the folk tradition known as Little Virgin.

 

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After

 

   The conservation and exposition of the archaeological site of the 14th-century Sv. Virgin Mary church and the structures around it were completed. The original substance of the archaeological value and the ruins surrounding it were fortified, the stone was mechanically cleaned, biocide and herbicide treatment was done, the bridging solutions of the stone walls were healed and prefused, an upgrade of the original wall with a height of up to 0.5 m was made and the crown of the wall was shaped. Exposure measures have been carried out, such as making a embankment with a fine stone fraction; Information signs presenting the object were placed.