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Vratsa, Vratschanski Balkan Nature Park, Ledenika Cave
Gabrovo, Etura, Bojenci, Sokol's Monastery
Montana, Berkovitsa, Varshets, Chiprovtsi
Botevgrad, Etropole, Skravena
Troyan, Monastery in Troyan, Cherni Osum, Oreshak
Central Balkan National Park, Peak Botev
Shipka National Park-Museum

Montana (55 000 c) it is 110 km from Sofia to a river Ogosta. The first Thracian settlement is the end of the early iron age. Was fortified with a massive wall with the thickness more than 1 meter. Its importance has been appreciated by the Roman authority. The name Montana is in a manuscript from the II century, the castle was reinforced with a second fortification wall.

Economic and cultural advance was interrupted in the middle of III century by the Goths, and the castle was demolished in VI-VII century. The Turks called city "Kutlovitsa", the first written document of 1575. The fortress is situated in the southwest corner of Montana: a tower of IV millennium BC, barracks and other buildings, walls of the basilica and Roman era, buildings from the Stone-Copper Age, Slavic housing and sanctuary.

Historical Museum held priceless treasures from all walks of life in the region. Art Gallery is one of the richest in the country. Montana Dam is a wonderful place for recreation, water tourism and fishing with many recreation facilities and restaurants.

Berkovitsa (17 000 c) is in the northern parts in Western Stara planina mountain, 90 km. from Sofia. It’s discovered from IV century. The first time the name of Berkovica is called in written document from 1491. It’s develop as a craft town. The house-museum "Ivan Vazov' is a value architect memorial with interesting architectural with a wood ceilings and authentic fire-place In the neighbour museum there is a constant ethno exposition. The clock tower is from 1762. The hill Kaleto is forest park, which save Berkovitsa from the strong winds. There are rests of the middle ages Bulgarian stronghold.

Varshets (7000 c) is in small valley on the river Botunya, 90 km northern from Sofia. It’s a climate resort with a medicinal mineral springs, a beauty natural, wide park and a warm mountain climate. It’s one of the oldest resort town in Bulgaria with warm and long autumn, the summer is cool, the winter is comparatively soft. In Varshets there are excellent resort base and a good equipment private lodging.

The valley is inhabited by the primitive people, Thracian, Roman and Byzantines epoch. The name Varshets is called by the Slavs. During the excavation round an ancient Roman baths have been discovered an leaden tube, small ceramic hexagonal plates and Roman coins. The temple “St. Georges”, The Sunny garden, and the modern arts gallery are also very interesting.

The Green part waterfall is very good for camping and picnics, here every year is organized a folklore festival. Near the city is situated the “Todorini kukli” hill. 7 km. northwest is situated the palaeontological field. There are a lot of wreckages of Roman fortresses in the nearby villages.

Chiprovtsi is situated on the banks of Ogosta river, and there is the picturesque Chiprovski waterfall. There is a lot of sightseeing round the city. One hand the nature is very picturesque and on the other there are a lot of historical monuments. For others the beautiful and good quality Chiprovstsi’s carpets are very interesting.

It was a village from Thracian times and it was named on a ancient copper coin. The citizens are occupied in the ore output. The best times for the city were during XVI and XVII c. Then it was the biggest gold producer on the Balkans. Churches, monasteries, schools and beautiful houses were built during that period. During the XIX c. the carpet’s industry had developed. The famous hands made Chiprovtsi’s carpets are made from real wool.

The monastery of Chiprovtsi "St. John of Rila" is near Chiprovtska Ogosta river in the foot of Yazova mountain (a part from the Western Stara planina mountain), northern from the town which is famous with its beautiful carpets - Chiprovtsi. It is from X c and it is one of the 30th monasteries of the First Bulgarian Kingdom, which confirmed in the country the Christian. It was the main shelter and a point of support of the rising of Constantine and Frujin (XV c) and the Chiprovo’s rising (XVII c).

The monastery was robbed many times, it was destroyed 6 times in XIX c, but after that it was restored. It is very interesting the tower-ossuary, where are kept the bones of some of the victims from the Chiprovo’s rising. A memorial of the culture and the art is entirely decorated with wall-paintings St. Athanasius the Great Chapel. Curious fact from the history of the cloister is that in 1800 the Russian emperor gave Gospel of the Holy Cloister. To the monastery is very easy to go by car, on the road from Montana to Chiprovtsi on the valley of Ogosta river.

The Monastery of Klisura is from the Second Bulgarian Kingdom (1240). It endured a lot of attacks and destructions in the times of the Turkish slavery. In 1862 the Holy cloister was destroyed and burned and the monks were killed. The monastery was restored in 1869 and in 1891 the St. Cirill and Methodius Church was sanctified and it was decorated in 1937. The iconostas is in revival style of the Samokov and Debur. The icons in the old temple are from XVIII-XIX c.

Except the two churches the complex includes 3 big residential buildings, big farm and a donkey place, very well supported an inside yard. In the holy spring it liquids a “life water”, which comes from peak "Todorini kukli" and this water is known like a curative. The Klisura’s monastery gives a wonderful conditions for rest. There are mountain picnics, horse-riding, folklore concerts.










 
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