I’m sure you want to know why the name Baltan?
Well, according to an old legend, a Turkish bey was passing here and it happened that a Christian girl ran away with one of his soldiers. The bey alarmed the soldiers of his retinue in search of the run – away soldier. They found him hidden deep in the mountain. When the bey asked him what he was doing there, the soldier replied: here I found something sweeter than honey, something even more precious than gold.
Hidden behind its fasade dwells the story about the royal family Karadzordzevitch - more precisely, about king Alexandar. In 1928 the king purchased the land on which the "Elenovi" wine cellar is located now. By the King's order the land was turned into a vineyard plantation. In the same year, the King presented the estate to his Queen Maria, so that they can share the beauty and tranquillity of the place together.
Is it possible to attain the Heavenly Kingdom by force? Not really. Then, how could you explain the fact that the world’s armies confronted right here, in Dojran. They agreed upon the front line, resettled the population of Dojran, razed it to the ground and divided Macedonia right there on the Belasica Mountain.
The story of this monastery began in 1818. At that time the small town of Berovo did not have a Christian church; so, the people of Berovo sent a delegation of respectable people to the Turkish Vali in Radovish to ask for permission to build a church.
However, the Vali imposed three almost impossible conditions: first to build the church in 40 days; second - to build it under the ground so that the cross could not be seen; third - the local priest to agree to give one of his daughters for the Vali's harem. The people of Berovo accepted all three conditions!