Rotary Club “Sofia-Balkan”, Rotaract Club Sofia-Balkan, Interact Club Sofia-Balkan – SMG, Interact Club Sofia-Balkan – 73rd Secondary School for the 4th year in a row, a charity initiative will be held at the traditional Christmas house of the German Christmas market. The organizers of the bazaar provide a Christmas cottage free of charge for various organizations to sell items of their choice and the proceeds to be used to support their charitable cause.
The event is in the period 9.12.2022 – 12.12.2022
This year’s cause is related to support for the only wooden church in our country “Transfiguration of the Lord”, Borovets/Chamkoria in Bulgaria!
The temple was built on the idea of famous and influential public figures, scientists and residents of Samokov and the Chamkoria area.
The architecture is in the Gothic Alpine style, giving the Orthodox church a non-standard feel. At the same time, the church fits perfectly into the nature of the Rila mountain.
The funds for its construction were collected as voluntary donations and donations (Tsar Boris III also contributed at that time) and in the distant year 1933 the beginning was made.
The Wooden Church was designed by the famous Bulgarian architect Nikola Lazarov in a distinctive Gothic Alpine style. This gives it a uniqueness, unusual for other Christian temples in the country, but wonderfully harmonious with its surroundings.
On September 23, 1934, the church was solemnly consecrated by Exarch Stefan, and subsequently renovated several times.
Before 1988, the church was almost abandoned, but thanks to Yordan Hristov (self-made woodcarver) and pious Christians, a complete renovation was done in two years and the church shines in its beauty again.
One of the most interesting and valuable items (that most people overlook) is an 1825 donation box.
There is a legend that the Turks allowed enslaved peoples to have a church if they built it in one night. That’s why they got clever and made the temples out of wood, because the construction was much faster.
The temple feast of this church, unique in its architecture, is on August 6.
Items can be purchased onsite between 12/9/2022 and 12/12/2022 from 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM and will be placed in a donation box at the cottage.
Our friends from Interact, Rotaract, Rotary Club Sofia Balkan and Rotary friends will be there and will tell about our cause with the “Transfiguration of God” church – with the funds we will ensure its heating, lighting and ennoblement of the space around the Wooden Church with benches. tables and gazebo. (in pictures)
For friends from the country and abroad who wish to get involved in raising funds and donations for our cause, a bank account has been provided:
Sofia-Balkan Rotary Club Association
UniCredit Bulbank AD
IBAN: BG69 UNCR 7000 1521 0433 15
Cause: Wooden church in Borovets
We are waiting for you friends and happy holidays to all of us!
We also collect items to sell at the bazaar and support our cause described above. (please send the items by 8-9.12.2022 at the latest).
You can send the prepared items (donated and/or handmade by you on a Christmas theme (they may also have a suggested retail price) to sell for our cause).
If you are interested, please send the items to the address: PK: 1407, Cherni Vrah Blvd. 107, in the name of Zhechko Balabanov +359888810867, by Econt, Speedim, another courier or locally).