St. Yoan Letni chapel is a small beautiful chapel located close to city of Pernik and around one hour and a half away from Sofia (by car). It is a nice idea for a one-day trip because you can have a picnic there with friends, but you will need a couple of things:
There are also a few interesting facts and stories linked with this place. One of them is that St. Yoan Letni chapel was built six centuries before Pchelina dam (the beautiful dam that you can see on the photo) – around the year of 1350. Also, on the bottom of Pchelina dam there used to be a village – Pchelintsi village. In 1978 people in the village had to move out so that the dam gets built. An interesting story also refers about the Potsarnentsi village closeby. According to the stories I have read, in 1878 when Bulgaria was liberated and the Ottoman empire left the territory, they burnt down the village and killed the people in it. “Pochernen” (in English language it is close to the word “blacken”) in Bulgarian language refers to the feeling when a relative of a person has passed away – so the village was named “Potsarnentsi”.
I definitely recommend combining a trip to St. Yoan Letni chapel with a visit to Zemen monastery. The monastery is located around 30-40 minutes by car away from the dam. There is also a nice restaurant in the garden of the monastery as well as a couple of nice nature trails closeby.