Church “St. Dimitar”
The church bell
The church “St. Dimitar” in the village of Brashlyan is a typical representative of the local before revival cult architechture. It is supposed to be constructed in XVII century. During 1975 year is proclaimed for a culture monument and in 1982 year for an architectural monument with a national significance. There is a unique bell from the first half of XIX century.
The holy church for the Brashlyan inhabitants is dig into the ground and was surrounded with a wall thick 2.70 m. The legend told that an ottoman cadi ordered the church to be built in such way in order not to be seen by him when he was passing. The central inner space is extended. An effective design of the facades is searched for. They entirely build the polygonal apse and underline the west angles of the church corpus. The wide opened antechamber (narthex) with the premises for a school are added at about 1870 year.
In the pulpit of the church is built in an altar devoted to Zeus-Dionysius – a marble block with a height 70 sm, width 68 sm and thickness 64 sm. In the upper and the bottom part of the altar is profiled. Upon it is written a ten-line inscription. The inscription is in ancient Greek and belongs to the category of devoted inscriptions to Dionysus. During the spring Dionysus celebrations arranged processions are considered for the remote forerunners of the mummers' games.