In the village of Pastouh, near the city of Kyustendil (Bulgaria), there is a legend of giant human beings that lived thousands of years ago. One of their skeletons has been discovered during excavations near a small chapel.
The “Holy Trinity” temple is located near a pumping station on the Struma river, in the village of Pastouh. The 7.5 x 3.5 meters (24 x 11 feet) temple was built in the 16th and 17th centuries. It contained frescos but, sadly, only fragments of them remain to this day.
During the 4th-6th centuries there was an ancient village built on a hill near the village of Pastouh. It was inhabited by the Thracian tribe, Peons, who were allies of Troy.
It’s a known fact that long ago the region of Pastouh was inhabited by men of giant stature. It is believed that these giants were actually the warrior Peon tribe. Dozens of skeletons with a height of more than 2 meters (6.6 feet) have been excavated near the village, but they were never studied by archaeologists.
According to locals, there is a chest in the temple containing the remains of one of the giant skeletons found in the area. “The region was located outside of an ancient fort and was called ‘Selishte’ (Village). During the Roman era people discovered the giant skeleton of a child, which then was placed in the chapel,” explains the guard of the pumping station which is located 30 meters (100 feet) from the chapel.
There are numerous versions of the legend, but the fact remains that there have been giant skeletons found near the village of Pastouh. Strangely, anthropologists have not shown interest in the finds and no one actually knows if those giants were descendants of the Thracian warriors.
The stone walls of the chapel are covered in moss, but renovations are underway. The temple is open for the public – anyone can just walk in and light a candle in prayer. On the right side of the altar, there is a small chest containing a child’s skull which is believed to be from the Peon tribe. This skeleton remains a mystery, however the legend is still being told to this day.