in the recesses of Sredna gora mountain, the museum
town of Koprivshtitsa stands at 1060 meters altitude.
The two highest peaks in Sredna gora, called Bogdan
– 1604 m and Bonayar-1594 m, raise up not far
from the town. It has 2600 habitants and is located
112 km southeast of Sofia, 80 km northwest of
In the period of the Turkish yoke Koprivshtitsa
was robbed and burnt down by Turkish burglars
but the locals rebuilt it three times. The village
reached its glory in XIX century when its population
was 12000 people. On April 20 1876 the April Rebellion
burst out and the first shot fired in Koprivshtitsa.
The rich displays in the houses of Todor Kableshkov
and Georgi Benkovski tell the story of that glorious
time. Koprivshtitsa is unique place, over 300
monuments of the Bulgarian culture from the revival
period have been preserved. The old houses have
big eaves, stone walls and wide wooden gates.
The exterior features windows, shutters, bay-
windows painted blue, yellow and red. The house-
museum called Oslekova house is the most famous
architectural and ethnographic monument in the
town. Its owner was a rich merchant from Koprivshtitsa
and the house features with its artistic carved
ceilings and its walls, painted in beautiful geometrical
Famous Bulgarians were born in this town, today
their houses are transformed into museums. Among
them are the writer Luben Karavelov and the poet
The first monastery school in the town was opened
already in 1810 and in 1846 was founded the first
secondary school in Bulgaria. Koprivshtitsa has
a reputation of a wealthy village from the period
of Bulgarian revival.
Tourists can find here comfortable family hotels,
a lot of taverns-in typical Bulgarian style and
many other small and bigger restaurants and hotels.
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