Koprivshtitsa is a small Bulgarian town located in Sofia Province. Anyone who wants to feel the Bulgarian spirit and culture must visit Koprivshtitsa town.

Koprivshtitsa

Koprivshtitsa

Koprivshtitsa is a wonderful picturesque small town located on 100km from the capital Sofia. The tourists who went to Koprivshtitsa remain fascinated from the beautiful Renaissance architecture of the houses, the numerous historical monuments, delicious dishes of traditional Bulgarian cuisine and especially the hospitality of the local people.

Koprivshtitsa - A House converted to Museum

Koprivshtitsa - A House converted to Museum

The Koprivshtitsa town is surrounded by age old forests and wonderful nature. The name of the town is always associated with Bulgarian Revival and the April uprising. Most of the old houses in Koprivshtitsa are houses – museums. When you visit Koprivshtitza you definitely should see the poet Dimcho Debelyanov’s house, Oslekov’s house, house of brothers Lyuben and Petko Karavelov, Todor Kableshov’s house, Lyutov’s house and the house of Georgi Benkovski. Maybe for you this names don’t mean nothing, but for the Bulgarian they are one of the most impressive and important people from the Bulgarian history. They gave their lives for the Bulgaria freedom and prosperity of the people.

Koprivshtitsa had been the birthplace of many prominent Bulgarian traders and intellectuals. As evidence of their prosperity and their position in the society, they built improbable houses with rich decoration and impressive architecture. Today in the museums you can feel Bulgarian spirit and culture through antique carpets, hand woven mats, couches covered in colorful hand-woven plan, pottery and more and more.

Koprivshtitsa - Souvenir Shop

Koprivshtitsa - Souvenir Shop

In most houses – museums have permanent ethnographic exhibitions of traditional costumes and ornaments, pottery, old documents and photos of the house owners. One of the symbols of the city is the Kalachev bridge, which is also known as the “Bridge of the first gun”. It is so called because on 20 April 1876 the first gun went off and placed the beginning of April Uprising – event left a deep trace in Bulgarian history and identity. When you walk the cobblestone streets of the town you can almost see the most respected Bulgarian and to see the fire of Bulgarian Revolution. When you cross the doorstep of some of these houses, you are overflow with calmness and peace. The spirit of Bulgarian revival is everywhere.

Koprivshtitsa - Monument Dedicated to Bulgarian Freedom Fighters

Koprivshtitsa - Monument Dedicated to Bulgarian Freedom Fighters

If you want you can get acquainted with some of the old crafts and customs – how are made the Koprivshtitsa braids, laces, rugs, how to process wool, spinning, dyeing and drew it. Of course we don’t have to forget for the breathtaking folk songs. Once you hear them and see the national dance “horo”, you will never forget for it.  The fact is that there are many foreigners among the world who singing and dancing Bulgarian traditional folk songs and dances.

Koprivshtitsa is a wonderful place for people who love history and want to know more for Bulgarian lifestyle and culture, and for those who enjoy pleasant walks. Gourmets will not be disappointed too. Cozy restaurants offer in typical Bulgarian atmosphere excellent Bulgarian dishes and special dishes of the region. You must try the home-made yoghurt with homemade jam from berries – a wonderful tale of flavor. Every self-respecting tourist arrived in Koprivshtitsa should try home made lukanka, pastarma, sudjuk,karvavitsa and of course we don’t have to forget for hominy, pie, cheese cake, molasses and Rachel.

On the town square you can buy a variety of homemade jams and skillfully crafted Bulgarian costumes, shoes, braids and other handmade knitwear. For your comfort small cozy family hotels offer very good service and homey surroundings.

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