During the early Iron Age, there was a Thracian settlement in the place of the Tsepina Fortress. Archaeologists have found the remains of dwellings and those of a basilica from the Early Christian era, which was converted and rebuilt as a church during the First Bulgarian Empire. In the middle of the 9th century the fortress becomes a part of the Bulgarian state. It was subsequently conquered by Byzantines, Nicaeans, Turks, and then reconquered by Bulgarians.
The fortress, the discovered dwellings and churches make this place extremely interesting for history buffs.
It is located only 18 km from Velingrad and we recommend a visit.