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This little village is situated in the farthest southwest part of the Rhodopes Mountains, 23 km southwest of the city of Gotse Delchev. It has about 110 renaissance houses, some of which have been turned into small hotels that offer specialties of the Rhodopes cuisine.

The Kovachevitsa architecture is unique and original. Words cannot describe it. You must see it for yourself. During the second half of the 18th century many of these houses were constructed on the foundations of a pre-renaissance settlement. The unique architectural style is the reason why the village was named an architectural preservation site in 1977. Tourists however are not only interested in the architecture of the houses but also in the local churches and temples.

At the time of the construction of St. Nikolas Church law forbade erecting churches that were higher than houses. As a result, the St. Nicolas church was built partially below its surroundings. Yet its size and proportions are really impressive.

A small school was organized in the yard. Later on a four-storey bell tower was erected. The St. Nicolas Church is also noted for the 74 valuable old icons preserved in it. The church is now also an architectural monument and was built by well known Kovachevitsa builders. Outside the village and within the range of fragrant meadows and an old Roman cobbled road, one can find the small “St. George’ temple built by those same builders. The place offers a breath-taking sight: 100 year old pine forests and an elevated view of Gorno Dryanovo village, Gurmen village and further on towards the Pirin Mountains.

The area is full of natural beauties. An example is the Kanina River, famous for its three deep pools, Balkan trout and beautiful waterfalls.
 
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