THE CROSS FOREST
The Cross Forest is one of the biggest Bulgarian Orthodox sanctuaries, which although continues to rase questions and discussions,is a place where God abundantly transmits His grace.From decades, fathers have passed to their sons the story of the medicative wonders of the cross built on the hill above the Borovo village, where many have found solace, healed and glorified God.
Here at Cross forest, the believer can value fittingly, everything that the Bulgarian Orthodox church had done throughout the times of rise and fall, so the acts of the faith could stay alive and active. And if at certain times there was disturbance in the faith that happened because God let it happened, so he can put on test the strength of the Christian spirit. That never ending faith has brought today even you, from the different parts of our Motherland so you can drink of the holy waters of Christ’s wise words and taste the fruits of the hope and love impregnated by the wisdom of the Gospel, to re-think the words: “Here on Earth, man is a tired traveller, who has stopped to spend the night, for we don’t have here an enduring city, but we seek that which is to come” / Hebrews 13:14 /
If we take a closer look at the history documents, we will find out that even the Byzantines chroniclers had named the Rhodopes “Magna silva bulgarika – The holy Bulgarian forest”. That definition refers in the best way for Cross forest, raising as high as 1545 meters above sea level in the thick of beautiful wood and ridges. Cleansed after the holy liturgy, you breathe easily, fascinated by the Rhodope mountain peaks in the distance: Persenk and Perelik, Rojen and Prespa, Maragidik and Karlak. And if you want to add to your spiritual delight some fascination from the Bulgarian nature, you will definitely visit the Wondrous Bridges and Pamporovo, Haidushki meadows and the Smolyan lakes, travel around the Rhodope mountain, that has kept the talent and the beauty of a whole generation of architects weaved into the Rhodope house and song, into the Rhodope embroidery and textile that had bind together in a sacred union the rock and the wood, the joy and sadness, the enchantment and brilliance, the faith and strength of the will.