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Dobrina

Dobrina

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The village of Dobrina is located at the eastern foot of the Provadia Plateau, about 4km east of the town of Provadia and about 45km southwest of  Varna. From the lower end of the village there is an amazing view of the nearby Ovеch Fortress.. Аbout 3km from the village was excavated a Thracian tomb necropolis from the 6th - 5th centuries BC. South of village there are traces of a shrine of the Thracian Hero (horseman). It is reported that today's village was settled in the 15th century. During the Ottoman period the village was known by the name Dizdarkoy (Fortress Guardian).

Vasil Levski Community Center
Vasil Levski Community Center
The community center in the village of Dobrina was founded in 1901. Today, it houses a rich ethnographic collection and library. There is a female singing group representing the village of various folklore events.

Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin
Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin
The church was built it the early 19th century in the place of an ancient church. It is made of white cut stone and is known for its unique iconostasis. The church is active and open on religious holidays.

Church of St. Theodore
Church of St. Theodore
The Church of St. Theodore is located at the western end of the village, in the middle of a small yard. It is half-dug in the ground and has two entrances that are not lockable. It is supposed to have been built in XVI-XVIIc. The church has been partially restored and the roof has been replaced, but is not currently operational.

Folklore festival The Walnut Village sings
Folklore festival The Walnut Village sings
Folklore festival The Walnut Village sings has become a holiday of the village. It is being held for the first time in 2010. on the day of Bulgarian independence. The aim is to preserve, distribute and develop Bulgarian folklore traditions. Visiting performers and folklore groups are mainly from the area and the neighboring municipalities.

Anastenaria (barefoot fire-dance)
Anastenaria (barefoot fire-dance)
Part of the folklore festival are the barefoot fire-dance events, which always attract great interest among the guests. At the beginning a huge fire is lit and the hot coals are spread in a circle. Afterwards the dancers are walking barefoot acros hot coals, unharmed by the fire. The dance is on the UNESCO list of Intangible World Heritage Sites.

Dobrina
In the center of the village of Dobrina, where the folk festival takes place, there is a small football field, fitness equipment and a playground.

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