One of the biggest treasures of municipality of Sandanski are the numerous churches and monasteries – silent witnesses and keepers of thousand years old history. The temples are unique not only with their architecture, icons and wall paintings, but also with the legends and myths, associated with some of them. In these holy cloisters was created part of the Bulgarian literature and art. In the years of Ottoman rule the monasteries preserved Bulgarian spirit, culture and religion and were the heart of the revolutionary preparation.