Church "St. George" Kiustendil

10 centuries history

The old name of the town – Velbuzhd is associated with the battle between Serbs and Bulgarians, which took place in 1330 in the field near the river Struma. There are a number of legends about this battle, some claim that the Bulgarian king Mikhail Shishman was buried in the church of St. George. It is located in the Kyustendil’s neighborhood – Kolusha, situated just a few minutes from the city center. The church has been beautifully restored and its courtyard is maintained with enviable beauty.

Its dating can be traced back to the 11th-12th centuries. Declared as a national cultural monument with great architectural, artistic and historical value. Inside you can see frescoes, dating from the 11th to the 19th century.

In the yard of the church there is a Revival building, which has been a cell school in the past. Nowadays, there is a small museum that houses some of the unique frescoes dismantled by the church.



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Important: This TV clip and virtual tours are made with the support of the European Union, through the Interreg Program – IPA for cross-border cooperation Bulgaria-Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, CCI No 2014TC16I5CB006. The content of the video and the tours is the sole responsibility of the Kyustendil Chamber of Commerce and Industry and should in no way be construed as an expression of the opinion of the European Union or the Managing Authority of the Program.

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The project is co-financed by the European Union through the Interreg Program – IPA for Cross-Border Cooperation Bulgaria – Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia CCI No. 2014TC16I5CB006