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Basilica's hystory

This is the highest situated basilica and religious complex in this part of Europe, and it dates to 4-6 A.D. It was discovered by Professor Margarita Vaklinova.

It is considered that it was the religious centre that played a decisive role in the christening of the The Bessi tribes of Thrace. It was exactly the Bessians who had the biggest sanctuary of Dionysus in the Rhodopes. The Bessi were the last population of the Late Roman Empire to be christened.

The early Christian religious complex with is partially situated on Thracian necropolis and sanctuary from the Late Bronze Age - the second half of the second millennium B.C. , till the Roman Age.

This is the only known by the scientists religious centre, that can show the spreading of the Christianity  in the dense Thracian environment, in the highest parts of the Rhodopes. Also the deeds of the missionary Niceta of Remisiana in the of the Late Roman Empire period.

Although today the remains could not be seen with naked eye, the initial excavations show that the basilica and the remaining buildings are preserved to the extent allowing their exposure after the finish of the archaeology works and conservation.