On the second floor of the house there is an exhibition of the lifestyle of the local people. On the first floor there is a resaurant.
Unfortunately it was closed when we were there on Saturday in the afternoon.
The clock-tower is one of the trademarks of the town of Etropole. Built in 1710 as a fortification tower by Master Todor and turned into a clock-tower by Master Dido in 1821.
The original clock mechanism can be seen in the local museum. Unfortunately the clock-tower does not have a clock at the moment (although there still was a clock in the late 2005 according to an article in a Bulgarian newspaper)
The house was built in 1853-1870 by masters Deno and Cvjatko for the purposes of Ottoman administration (konak). Since 1968 it houses the expositions of the local museum of history.
The expositions respresent the history of the town with archeological finds from the area, the local customs and handicraft.
Attention fee: 2lv, lecture (only in Bulgarian) - 3lv
Located in a 5 minute walking distance from the monastery.
Go by the monastery and turn left. Follow the path and you will be there.
Founded in 1158 at the time of the Second Bulgarian State. There is a legend according to which St. Joan of Rila had settled in a cave near the monastery before he moved to the Rila mountain. And the local people insisted for the building of the monastery near that cave.
In 17-18 century the monastery was important literature and calligraphic centre.
The current church “St Trinity” was built in 1858 by Ivan Boyanin from the Bratsigovo architecture school and it is remarkable that it has 5 domes.
There are two museum expositions in the monastery. The first one shows the shelter of Vassil Levski in the monastery. The second one represents books (copies, the originals are in different museums; the most impressive ones are in the National Library in Sofia) created by the Etropole calligraphic school.
The monastery offers accommodation.
Location: about 6km away from Etropole
Hristo Yassenov is the nickname of the Bulgarian poet Hristo Tudzharov.
Born in 1889 in Etropole. Took part in two wars - Balkan and the war in 1913 between Bulgaria and former alliances in the Balkan union. After the uprising in 1923 he collaborates to the Bulgarian Communist Party. He was arrested after the assault in the church St. Nedelja in Sofia and after that he disappears.
You may find some of his poetry on the site below (in Bulgarian).