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Leader Partner Municipality of Koprivshtitsa, Koprivshtitsa - Bulgaria; Partner Municipality of Medijana Nis, Serbia

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Path of health - Koprivshtitsa - St. Dimitar Peak - Koprivshtitsa

From the 'Bogdan' tourist centre go southwards in the direction of '20th April square' and pass by the monument of Nayden Gerov on Doganova Str. Go up a forest path and ypu will reach the meadows of Voyvodenets - the place where the national folk gestivals take place. A beautiful view of the Balkans and Koprivshtitsa opens from here. To the east is St. Dimitar peak, around which curves the path of health with sport facilities among the nature. Close to the place a cold spring runs. The way back is to the right of the path which leads again to Doganova street.

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Church of St. Pantaleimon

The fundaments of an ecclesiastical structure, discovered in the archeological excavations in 1969 and 1970, most probably belong to the former monastic Church of St. Panteleimon. Those excavations revealed the remnants of two cult structures, now visible after the preservation works. One of them is an early-Christian basilica from the end of the 4th or beginning of the 5th century, while the other is a Byzantine basilica, certainly older than the 12th century. It is more precisely dated in the first half of the 11th century by the discovered movable material from the necropolis in its immediate surroundings: crosses, earrings, rings, bracelets, Byzantine coins, as well as by the known historical sources. The mentioned findings and historical circumstances bring about certain perplexity when trying to find out whether Stephan Nemanja had built the church "of the saint and great martyr Panteleimon in the town of Niš" as a completely new structure, as Stephan the First Crowned claimed ("and to whom he erected a shrine there"), or he had only renovated an existing temple. This question shall remain unanswered until systematic archeological excavations are undertaken. For the time being, the realization that the great church builder and renovator Stephan Nemanja wanted to make Niš the capital of Serbia points to Niš as a strong religious center with numerous temples. Some of them, and maybe just the Byzantine church of St. Panteleimon, he did reconstruct. Upon the Turkish occupation of Niš in 1386, the Monastery of St. Panteleimon was demolished.

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