“Assumption of Holy Virgin” church
of the Holy Virgin” church is one of the undeniable attractions of Elena, a
unique monument of architecture and art from the Renaissance era; located in the
same yard with the church “St. Nikola.” It is the site of an old chapel from an
initiative of rich Elena citizens. Construction started in 1836 and completed in
1838. It was built entirely of stone from a fortress that was destroyed in the
With its impressive dimensions (length 33 meters,
21 meters wide, 25 meters height) and bold and successful architecture, the
temple is one of the most important representation of the church building during
the Renaissance. It was the largest in the whole north till the liberation of
Bulgaria and now one of the largest in the country today.
The construction of the church was done by Master Miho from the neighborhood
Upper Bolertsi near Elena. The entire building was done with solid material.
It is a three-nave church, with a gallery above. The three-nave are separated by
two rows of four columns consistent around. A separate building is the tower of
the bell tower, built in 1912.
If you want to learn more about
Elena's churches read the
history of Elena.