St. Constantine, Tompsan



The vow is located about 5 km east of the village of Tompsan, in a dense beech forest. It is placed at the base of a venerable tree.

The cross is placed in 1816 and is one of the earliest crosses in Svoge area. The cross is Maltese type with equal trapezoidal shoulders which edges are arc-shaped. Each arm is decorated with five bouquets. It is not decorated but on the front side is engraved a rough inscription: “Equal to the Apostles Constantine Esseya. For him was made (cut) by Pavel. 1816”.

The inscription on the cross

РАВНО АПОСТОЛ

КОНСТАНТИН ЕСЕЯ

И ИЗСЕЧЕ ТОЙ ПАВЕЛ ЗА НЕГО

1816

The word "cut" is inscribed with runes, which is a very ancient tradition. The word "Esseya" has also very ancient origins and means "true, light". Some theories associate this word with the ancient Thracians and priestly rituals connected with the Sun and Light.

The vow "St. Konstantin" is one of the few direct evidence of ancient traditions that lead back in time for more than two millennia.