The elderly man who climbs up the clock tower in this Balkan Mountains town twice a day to wind the clock says that he has climbed the Eiffel Tower 385 times – without having left his hometown.
In the tower hangs one of the few models of Foucault's pendulum in Bulgaria.The town has many other claims to fame. It is the home of a famous Bulgarian 19th Century woodcarving school. The former town baths now house a museum for American, Asian and African art. And one of Bulgaria's most prominent poets – who almost won the Nobel Prize – was born in a picturesque Revival Period house here in 1866. Legend has it that the only reason he missed out on the honour was that he died before the Nobel Committee made up its mind.
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