A Cross forest- the Rhodope Jerusalem- a "must- see" sight near Pamporovo!

If you happen to be in Pamporovo in summer, don't miss to visit the nearby (only 40km away) 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 Holly 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.

The legend says that the mute start talking, the blind start seeing and the crippled begin to walk after they kiss the sacred cross.

On September 14- the "Cross day", The Church calls the believers to give a reverent adoration to the life giving Cross, on which the Savior himself bore the sufferings for the sake of our salvation. On the eve of Cross day - 14th of September, worshipers from near and far lands come to pray for health and prosperity during annually vigil at Cross forest. On the Cross peak, one of the large-scale gatherings in the world takes place. This event happens once throughout the year - on the night of 13th of September. At that time, tens of thousands of believers gather on the hill for a night liturgy in expectation for a miracle. The vigil ends with the sunrise when the sun's rays touch the peak of the huge metal cross.

Top quality rose oil is produced in Bulgaria
20.04.2012

Top quality rose oil is produced in Bulgaria

A month before the 2012 Rose Festival in Bulgaria we decided to present to your attention an article about the famous Bulgarian rose oil which local people produce from Rosa damascena.
Rose oil (attar of roses) is an indispensable ingredient in virtually all fine perfumes made by most famous producers like Christian Dior, Givenchy, Lancôme, Bulgari, Chanel.... Modern cosmetics is unthinkable without rose oil. It is a very expensive product. Grams of rose oil are as valuable as grams of gold. Much like coffee, which is of best quality and finest aroma when grown in particular areas, it is the Bulgarian-grown rose which is the most aromatic one. Every beginner in the fragrance industry knows that the top quality rose oil is produced in Bulgaria.

Skiing or Snowboarding
19.04.2012

Skiing or Snowboarding

Winter sports are growing in popularity and many people are now having a go at skiing or snowboarding. Once considered to be an expensive pastime, it is now possible to go on a winter sports holiday for a relatively cheaper price. France, Austria, Switzerland and Italy are still popular, but other countries, like Slovenia, Bulgaria, Poland and Romania, are now offering excellent facilities at a cheaper price.

No matter where you choose to go, the most important consideration is which discipline you want to pursue. Both are exhilarating, both offer the chance to experience high speeds and whichever you try, you can guarantee you will fall down a lot when you start out.

Bulgaria Top Destination for Hunting Red Deer
17.10.2011

Bulgaria Top Destination for Hunting Red Deer

Bulgaria has emerged as one of the most popular global destinations for the hunting of red deer among "hunting tourists," according to the State Forestry Agency.

Bulgaria- a leading health tourism destination?
11.10.2011

Bulgaria- a leading health tourism destination?

In 2013 the European Union will apply a new directive, that patients, who have received medical service in other European countries, will have the chance to get their expenses refunded.

Smolyan should become a centre of eco tourism in Bulgaria
30.09.2011

Smolyan should become a centre of eco tourism in Bulgaria

The Ambassador of USA in Bulgaria James Warlick said that Smolyan city (only 10km away from Pamporovo) should become a centre of Eco tourism in Bulgaria.

Qatar Airways to launch more flights to Bulgaria
19.09.2011

Qatar Airways to launch more flights to Bulgaria

Qatar Airways plans to increase the frequency of flights from Bulgaria's capital city Sofia to Qatar's capital Doha and to launch new routes to the country within a year, the air carrier's chief executive Akbar al-Baker said on September 15 2011.

2011 Burgas Sand Fest
05.07.2011

2011 Burgas Sand Fest

Sand Sculptures Festival 2011 started in the city of Bourgas, at the Black Sea coast, from July 02. Last year it attracted 70,000 visitors.

Rally Bulgaria 2011 starts in Borovets on July 08
05.07.2011

Rally Bulgaria 2011 starts in Borovets on July 08

The competition will take place from July 8th to 10th in Borovets and this year it will be the 6th round of the Europe Rally Championship for 2011. The Rally will have a total length of 781, 58 km and the length of the special stages will be 257, 76 km.

Bulgarian monasteries are top sites for foreign tourists
27.06.2011

Bulgarian monasteries are top sites for foreign tourists

Rila monastery, Bachkovo and Troyan monasteries are the sites that attract the most foreign tourists in Bulgaria, Nikolai Mindov, chairperson of Association of Bulgarian Tour Guides told Focus news agency.

Elevation Music Festival
07.06.2011

Elevation Music Festival

On June 24 and 25, 2011 the first Elevation music festival will be held near Bansko- in Razlog Valley, Bulgaria.

Kazanlak Rose Festival
02.06.2011

Kazanlak Rose Festival

Every year, during the first weekend of June, local community in Kazanlak organizes the annual Rose Festival.

Russians and Romanians visit Sozopol to see the holy remains of St. John the Baptist
24.03.2011

Russians and Romanians visit Sozopol to see the holy remains of St. John the Baptist

There is a rise in the tourists who come from Russia, Romania and Ukraine to visit Sozopol in order to see the holy remains of St. John the Baptist, representatives of the tourist business commented, "Your day" daily reported.

Bulgaria may become a leading SPA destination for German tourists
23.03.2011

Bulgaria may become a leading SPA destination for German tourists

There is a high possibility for Bulgaria to become a leading destination for SPA tourism, as it has been discussed between the Bulgarian Deputy Minister of Economy, Energy and Tourism Ivo Marinov and representatives of the General Union of the State Health Insurance Funds in Germany on the international tourist fair ITB Berlin.

Seven real- time web cameras from Borovets!
28.02.2011

Seven real- time web cameras from Borovets!

Now you can check seven real- time web-cams from Borovets!

Borosport Funpark 2011 opened
14.02.2011

Borosport Funpark 2011 opened

Great interest and enthusiasm meet the launching of Borosport Funpark 2011!