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The legend of Ayazmoto

Directly south from the peak of St Ilia, hidden in the Pine Forest high on a hill in the western corner of the village, is the "Ayazmoto" - a place where many believes received healing.

One of the stories is as follows:

On 15 August, 1980 (the Day of the Mother of God) the family of Anastas and Velika Draganovi when the the Bachkovo Monastery to try and find an answer to the problems of not being able to conceive".

True believers stayed in the monastery overnight and made a tour of the nearby Chapels "Bachkovo ajazmo" and "Kluviata".


At this time the woman had all the signs and symptoms of pregnancy but a year had passed and she still had not given birth.

The family then visited a clairvoyant "Kotteza" (recognised by the Bulgarian Orthodox Church) who told the woman "You are not pregnant but you are sick. Go back to your village where there is a piece of grass with a stone above it.


Dig there for the Glory of God and healing water will spring out of the ground.

Drink this water and let the priest bless this place. Then make a small Chapel that will heal every suffering man"

The family came back to Momchilovtsi and did everything they were told. The spring was blessed and is used to this day by those believing that the waters have healing powers.


Even today it is still traditional for many Christians to visit this Chapel in the evening of St. George’s Day on the 5th of May .

They pray, light a candle, wash their faces with the water and then take some back to their homes to bring health and happiness.

Tourist Itre, Tourist Information Cente, Cultural Centre, 5 Elitsa Str. Momchilovtsi Village 4750, Smolyan District, Bulgaria