Christian necropolis in Zasele

In the very center of the village Zasele, just behind the Town Hall building, is situated the modern complex "Elata". The complex offers comfortable two-bed bungalows, a small grocery store and restaurant.

In the garden of the complex are arranged 11 stone cross and a fragment of inscription. At the time these crosses have been held on the fence in front the Town Hall. No one in the village can remembers from where they are and what they were intended for. However, in the time of the construction of the school, whose building now lies on the eastern side of the complex, were excavated human bones. According to locals, at the place was situated a "Turkish cemetery", because around the skeletons were found Turkish coins.

Of course, as the ethnic Turks never lived in the village, the excavated old graves certainly belong to a very old Christian cemetery. So old that in memory of the local people has disappeared any memory about it, till the discovery of the graves when the school was build. The crosses that have long been staying close to the place, have certainly been taken from this cemetery. It is sure that the question is about the oldest population of the village, since only 50 m away is situated the local church of St. Petka. The Turkish coins, found around the skeletons, determine the time when the cemetery was existing. The coins are "Turkish" because at that time the population has used Turkish money, not because the graves belonged to Turks. Unfortunately, the finds are lost and it is now it is very difficult to determine the exact date of the graves and of the crosses. The only sure thing is that they are very old, so much so, that in the memory of the village has disappeared any remembers about them.

The crosses in the gardan of the complex "Elata" confirm as well that the question is about a very early period. The fact that they originate from old Christian graves, but on them lacks any inscriptions (such as the name of the deceased or the year) also speaks of a very ancient tradition preceding the time of the 19th century, when the names and years start to be written on the tombstones.

The "Turkish money" found around the old skeletons would give very valuable information about the time of existence of the oldest cemetery in the village. A nearby church in this case, is also likely to be much older than is known. The discovered graves belong to the ancestors (or the oldest known population) of the village and only ignorance has prevented local people to preserve and acquire information about their past and the people whose descendants they are.

Christian necropolis in Zasele

DD 43.0405556 23.3298

DMS N 43° 2' 26'' E 23° 19' 47.28''