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village of Dobarsko

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Just 180 km south from the capital, the Bulgarian village of Dobarsko, sheltered in the sunny southern slopes of the Rila Mountain, introduces us to the virgin nature, the history and the culture of an entire region.Dobarsko is situated at 1070 m altitude. The protected territory of the National Park Rila begins form the land of the village. Venerable trees, sunny mountain slopes, endless views of the Pirin and Rhodope mountains, pretty glades and century-old paths are there to fascinate hearts and dreams. The natural wealth, the mild climate and the peace would make any visitor lose touch with the hasty and grey everyday life so that they would be able to get absorbed in the mountain purity.

Landmarks

- The nearest landmark from the center of the village is the picturesque "Shtrokaloto" Waterfall 30 meters high. The small river Klinetza winds around it. The river divides the village into east and west part.
- Four years ago in a horrible tempest in the surroundings of the village the rough wind extorted a tree in the forest. Under its roots were found brick arches which formed not a very big tunnel. The village authorities informed the ancient archeology specialist from the Museum of Blagoevgrad, Julia Bojinova. After she visited the place it became clear that this is an ancient kiln, made for the production of bricks and tiles. Under the control of Bojinova were made also archeological excavation as to the work were attracted to take part students from Bulgaria, The Czech Republic, Sweden, Great Britain, Holland and Italy. After exploring a part of the finding, it became clear that this is a dual-camera half-dug kiln in the shape of a prolonged rectangular. The arches form semi-circled vault arch which supports the grate on which the ceramic works already prepared for baking were arranged. Among the separate arches in their upper part were arranged in a zigzagging line vertically put bricks. Little chimneys were formed among them, which lead out the air from the lower camera where the fire burns. On the grate were put the already prepared for baking production– the bricks and the tiles were put as close as possible in parallel rows. This can be clearly judged by the prints left on the grate. Probably there was a workshop where the tile and bricks were formed, and after that they were stored on dry place, where they should have been kept for a while in order to dry before baking. Usually fireplaces were made not far away from the object, the building of which the bricks and tiles were prepared for. The most probable building which could be connected with the kiln is the Christian temple "Holy Virgin Merry", which is situated on the top of the same hill, where the kiln is. The present temple is not an old building (it was build in 2002 on ancient foundations), but during its building bricks and tiles were found like the ones already found near the kiln. Analogically with other similar kilns, mostly from North Bulgaria the kiln of Dobar probably dates back to 3- 4th c. The Dobar kiln is one of the kilns from that type which were found on the territory of Bulgaria. Although it is not the only one, it is a unique and extremely valuable monument. It is extremely well-preserved and, except for the two arcs destroyed by treasure hunters, the kiln remained untouched up to nowadays. That gives the opportunity to understand its real construction. The fact that the production from the last baking of the bricks was found on the place gives the opportunity to explore the process of baking and state some important details.

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