More school know about the tragic fate of Batak during the April uprising. After two weeks of fighting the majority of a total of 6000 inhabitants of the village (in numerous victims between 1500 and 5000) were killed, and Batak was burned down. As grim monument to the past and today stands Hagia Sunday, in which nearly 2,000 people spent three days before his death with the burning of the temple.
Sveta Nedelya church was converted into a museum immediately after the liberation to preserve the memory of the sacrifice of the citizens of Batak. It is the only building preserved from that era has survived because of the stone foundation. The walls of the church are still visible traces of bullets, scimitars and human blood in the yard and see the well dug with bare hands mothers seeking water for thirsty children.
Today the high hill north of the center of Batak is the magnificent memorial of Apriltsi and Antonivanovtsi. It was opened on the 100th anniversary of Bulgaria’s liberation and carries the message “Two eras, an ideal – freedom.”
Three marble pillars with figures pay tribute to the thousands of men, women and children killed in the bloody April Uprising in 1876 and the victims of the Rhodope detachment “Anton Ivanov” that develops guerrilla activity in 1941-1944.