THE COVERED BRIDGES OF LOVECH

THE COVERED BRIDGES OF LOVECH

Mon, 06/28/2021 - 17:37

The covered bridges of Lovech inspire the feel of timelessness and eternity. Their beginnings and end are lost in infinity

The bridge of architect Hristo Zlatev
The bridge of architect Hristo Zlatev

The first information about a covered bridge in Lovech is by French traveller Ami Boué (1837-1838) who mentioned a "... covered stone bridge full with workshops…".

The bridge of Master Kolyu Ficheto

Kolyu Ficheto bridge

After several floods the city decided that a new covered bridge was needed. Famed master builder Kolyu Ficheto started working on the infrastructure project, which had improved architecture and functionality, on 2 July 1874. The wooden bridge had 64 workshops. It lasted 49 years, withstanding floods, uprisings, and wars.

The bridge of architect Stefan Olekov

The bridge of architect Olekov

The Covered Bridge burnt down in 1925 and was restored in 1931 after the design by architect Stefan Olekov. It stood for 50 years. The most significant changes were 2 columns without water drainage openings and narrowing the river's bed. In the 40 workshops worked shoemakers, saddlers and other artisans.

The bridge by architect Hristo Zlatev

Redesigned (1980-1982) and partially renovated (1999), the bridge became pedestrian. Today it is a "covered high street" and is closer to the original Covered Bridge. Instead of 40 workshops there are 10 shops.

Inside the Covered Bridge

Inside the Covered Bridge today

Technically speaking, the Covered Bridge is not declared an immovable monument of culture, but it is nevertheless an integral part of Lovech history and culture and one of its symbols.

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