WHERE IN BULGARIA ARE YOU?
Tucked in the midst of the Sredna Gora, or Middle Forest mountain, this town used to be a major settlement during the 19th century when the Ottoman Empire, to which Bulgaria belonged, was crumbling and Bulgarians were starting their national revival.
Rich merchants and intellectuals lived in the town which boasted some of this country's finest Revival Period architecture.
The town went into decline as soon as the Ottomans left and is now mainly a tourist attraction. Its marvellous mansion-type houses, made mainly of wood, are open for visits and people from around the globe come to admire them. The town is also the location of poetry and folk music festivals.
Where in Bulgaria are you?
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