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village of Belchin

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Belchin is a village in Western Bulgaria. It is located in Samokov municipality, Sofia region.

It is about 50 km south of Sofia, 15 km northwest of the town of Samokov, 25 km northwest of the resort Borovets.

The population numbers about 435 people.

Situated in the picturesque valley of the River Palakaria, between the mountains Rila, Verila, Vitosha and Plana, at an altitude of about 930 m.
The climate is temperate. Typically there are cool summers and long winters. The air is very clean, nature preserve.
The area is very rich in water.
In Belchinski Baths there are mineral springs which temperature is 41 º C with proven curative and preventive effects.
Iskar river flows near the village.
Alino dam is located near, but only about 30 km to the northeast is the Iskar dam.

The village is provided with all utilities. There are town hall, community center, store, two GPs.
Closest schools and health facilities are in the municipal center - town of Samokov.
There are direct transport links to Sofia, Samokov, Dupnitsa, Borovets, Rila Monastery.

The area of the village Belchin became the basis for the development of modern cultural-historical, spa and eco-tourism at European level. Imminent is realization of projects for rehabilitation and building cultural differentiation of eco-development of the modern spa resorts and spas, organizing local festivals and revival of local traditions and more.


Tourism and landmarks

Undoubtedly the greatest wealth is mineral healing water. In its center there is a swimming pool. Another attraction is the entertainment complex Belchin Park, located at the beginning of the village. It has a large swimming pool, children's pool, playground, volleyball and basketball courts, snack bar.

Cultural - historical places with the highest value is the medieval church St. Petka in Belchin. Temple has an extremely valuable iconographic decoration and carving. Restored and consecrated in 2007 along with the restoration, near the temple is built and ethnographic complex - a subsidiary of City Historical Museum - Samokov.

Another church of St. Apostles Peter and Paul Church is built in 1883.

For long and rich history of Belchin witness the remains of a large castle with a chapel, located on Mount St. Spas. Solid wall was built of hewn stone and bricks from Roman times. Found square tower, coins, pottery and luxury attest to brisk trade and culture from 4-5 centuries.

Text: Mirela
Photos: http://www.panoramio.com

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