Little Guardian of the Ancient Hill


Hi, Architecture+Design Community!

That's my first post here and today I want to show you a religious building that recently impressed me.

In fact, this is the last place I visited, only a few days ago this week, after so many months of inability to travel.

And I was really impressed with it.

As someone who has visited hundreds of churches, both Catholic and Orthodox, in my lifetime, I would say that there are not many new constructions and designs that could draw my attention. Not to mention in my own country. But apparently, I wasn't right.

Because the Holy Spirit Chapel, or Spiritus Sanctus Chapel which construction began in 2011 and was consecrated and open to visitors in 2018, is one such site.


This chapel is a modern structure built entirely with donations on an ancient and probably sacred site of a Roman fortress from the I-II century.

The fortress itself is called Holy Spirit because of the very important chapel of the same name that once existed here. And that once gathered the local population from the settlement at the foot of the hill in which it was built.

This settlement is today called Mineralni Bani, or literally translated as Mineral Baths - a spa village in Haskovo Province in Central Southern Bulgaria.

But history is history, and it has already passed, and this chapel has a new and modern construction that amazes with its compactness and design.

I admire Spanish Romanesque religious architecture and also Baroque architecture. And the Orthodox religious architecture is almost completely "clear", almost the same, except for some churches in Bulgaria with mysterious, still unsolved frescoes, or beautifully painted and decorated churches from the 19th century.

In any case, taking pictures in such churches is completely forbidden, about which annoying problem I already wrote once on the Hive blockchain.

And here we do not have this problem - the Holy Spirit Chapel is open, the entrance is completely accessible and there is no one to lurk and chase visitors if they take out a camera or phone. Which is strange, since I had even stopped attending Orthodox churches because of the inability to take pictures of the interior. Sometimes of the outside too.



Here one can enjoy in peace the beautiful mural paintings.

That's the altar:



Image of St. George slaying the dragon:


Saint Demetrius of Thessaloniki:


Image of Saint John the Baptist:



And this is the element, internal and external, that actually impressed me the most in this church:


The place intended in ordinary churches for a bell tower is glazed here in an unusual way.

On the inside hangs this beautiful chandelier:


and on the outside is placed this huge, disproportionately long cross:


There are no stained glass windows to decorate the building. And as is traditional in Orthodox architecture, the glass is clean and simple.


But I guess you will admit that despite the lack of such decorations, there is something else that makes this church so special and beautiful. Something even I can't sense.


This is a frame with the remains of the walls of the Roman fortress:


And a rear view of the building:


In fact, what is most annoying, and what always irritates me, is that there is no information about this building. Nowhere. The officially announced information about it is only the following - construction began in 2011 and in 2018 the church was consecrated. Nothing more. And I have to be content with that. Which is not easy.

As someone who has had a blog about specific and special historical sites about which I have extracted information from historical magazines, these two dates are not enough. But I have to put up with that fact.

So, that was for now. I hope you liked this place or you are at least a little impressed, at least a part of the degree to which I was impressed.


Copyright: @soulsdetour


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Thank you very much, @ackhoo and @qurator Team!

Hello @soulsdetour, this is such a beautiful chapel. I understand why despite having seen so many churches and cathedrals, you have decided to feature this.

In my humble opinion, it was just fitting that they used clear glass windows as opposed to stained glass ones to integrate the serenity of the landscape it is set in. Welcome to Architecture+Design Community!

Thank you very much for your kind words, @discoveringarni!
The reason I published this particular chapel as an entry to the community was that I wanted to share my latest, most recent and fresh discovery.
When I travel, what impresses me and attracts my attention the most is "what people have built with their hands", including architecture and art. And I literally behave like a fly attracted to honey when I see something like that. That's why the Architecture+Design Community is a real treasure that I'm happy to have discovered recently. So, I want to thank you for its existence.

This chapel was definitely a great find! You are most welcome and we look forward to more of your architectural discoveries.

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That is the most calming and peaceful vibe from that sacred place. Great post .

Thank you, @praditya!
I am glad that with my post and photos I have managed to convey at least a little of the atmosphere of this ancient place and the emotions it evokes.

That's a very tiny beautiful chapel and those pictures are wonderful, nice post, would love to see more from you, hope you have a happy week:)

Thank you very much, @sahiba-rana! 😊
Have a wonderful week ahead too!

Greetings @soulsdetour! I understand. It's simply frustrating if a special landmark you admire so much has limited or no information at all. On the other hand, I truly appreciate your efforts in composing this blog post just for this tiny architectural gem and for featuring its exquisite beauty for us to enjoy! A warm welcome to the Architecture+Design Community!

Thank you very much for the warm welcome, @storiesoferne!
It was really a challenge to write about something I don't have any information about.
In my experience with searching for information about certain historical sites, I am convinced that the Internet does not offer much. And that there is no better solution to the problem than digging in the archives of paper in libraries or other such specialized institutions. I also found once a paper archive that says there is no information about this object 😃. But anyway, in the case of this small church, although contemporary, I am sure that there is no and will never be information about it. Which is sad. But I'm glad I achieved the effect I was aiming for with this post. Thank you!

You're most welcome! We look forward to your next awesome content in our community!

Hello @soulsdetour, just dropping by to congratulate you. This was an interesting architectural find, a beautifully crafted post loaded with equally stunning photographs. We look forward to reading more of your architectural posts in the future.

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