The Early-Christian Church in Ochin Dol

The village of Ochindol is 8 km away from the main road Sofia-Mezdra and is situated up in the mountains. It is small and picturesque and offers the visitor the quietness and the charm of the authentic well-preserved rustic everyday life and traditions.

The present day village is a successor of an important settlement, which existed throughout the Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages. On the most elevated place in the village, which offers a splendid panoramic view, there is an Early-Christian church. Except for its remote location deep in the mountains, the church is remarkable for its unique layout. It resembles a cross, three of the arms of which end in apsides.

The baptistery of this ancient church is completely preserved, as well as the huge baptismal font, made of a single block of marble. In the nave several exquisite columns could also be seen, which were part of the alter fence.


S. Mašov, G. Ganetzovski, K. Luka. Spätantike Kirche Und Mittelalterliche Nekropole Bei Dem Dorf Očin Dol, Bezirk Mezdra, Nordwestbulgarien. – Archaeologia Bulgarica, 2005, 2, 83-98.