Church of the Protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Orthodox Church of the Protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary was built in 1820. It is a monument of vernacular architecture with characteristics of classicism. The cross-shaped church is surmounted by a dome. A square vestibule is attached to it by a short nave.

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