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Naming the village

The present village is named after Momchil Voyvoda, a medieval fighter against the Ottoman invasion that had a fortress in the area and a great defender of the local people.
In 15-17 century the village was called "Gorno Derekyoi" when the Rhodope area was under Muslim rule but Momchilovtsi is one of the few villages in the Rhodope Mountains to maintain and preserve Christianity and the Bulgarian language.
The history of the village goes back many centuries and in the surrounding area many artifacts were found.
Of these many were archeological objects of great value such as tools and ornaments used at the time of the Thraci - the Roman and Slavic civilisation - which logs the proof of continuous life from the Bronze Age until the present day.
In Bulgarian folkore, Momchil Yunak is glorified in numerous songs and epic tales as a defender of the people and a prominent fighter against the Ottomans although, in fact, the Turks he fought against were from Aydin.

 

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