One of the most charming small Bulgarian towns, still preserving the atmosphere of the National Revival period, is
huddled in the mountain folds 111 km east of Sofia. The town is a unique combination of a legendary history and
fascinating present. No other Bulgarian museum town boasts such a large number of houses and monuments - 383 in all,
most of which have been restored to their original appearance. A unique collection of ethnographical treasures, old
weapons, National Revival works of art, fine fretwork, household weaves and embroidery, national costumes and typical
Bulgarian jewelry has also been pre- served. It was here that the first bullet of the April Uprising against the Ottoman
oppressors was fired in 1876.
White stone walls, overgrown with ivy and wild geranium, fence in gardens full of flowers. Vaulted stone bridges run
across the bubbly Topolnitsa River. Heavy, iron-studded gates hide blue, yellow and red houses with verandas, bay
windows and eaves, and the spacious rooms are lit up by brightly coloured rugs and cushions, carved ceilings and
cupboards, copper vessels and ceramics.
Specialists say that every house in Koprivshtitsa is a work of art. The Oslekov, Kableshkov and Lyutov houses are fine
examples of this.
The houses dated to the second half of the 19th century have exquisite painted facades and sunny verandahs, with carved
ceilings and stylish European furnishings.
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