Koprivshtitsa Things to Do

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    Visit the one & only high school in Koprivshtitsa

    by Penelope4 Written Jun 19, 2011
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    My guide asked if we could get inside and visit. I could have probably peeked into vacant rooms but the kids were getting out at the time we came and I decided not to. The students did not really pay attention to us.

    The basketball courts are made with bare hands, that I can tell you. You'll be convinced that they just put and built them together so the young ones can enjoy sports in their own schoolyard.

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    ask for the secret door

    by Penelope4 Written Jun 19, 2011

    There is a door which has become popular among locals. My guide shared a story but did not quite get all the details except for this line "not only animals went through this door to escape....but also lovers".

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    Visit the municipal hall

    by Penelope4 Updated Jun 19, 2011
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    In here, like in most municipal halls, the mayor weds couples. The setting is lively - red carpets, a longitudinal row on the left and on the right for guests who will witness the ceremony. Lights are quite bright which make the place more vibrant.

    No entrance fee.

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    Symbol

    by wandeljp Updated Jun 14, 2011
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    Although modest in size, Koprivshtitsa a fundamental importance in the hearts of all Bulgarians.

    It was here, after many episodes, the signal of the insurgency was given a shot.

    The cry of "Freedom or death" signal was given April 20, 1876. Insurectionel movement to liberate themselves from the Ottoman Empire began his journey.

    A commemoration is held every April 20. A monument dominates the village recalling these events to every passer

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    Bien que de dimensions modestes, Koprivshtitsa à une importance fondamentale dans le coeur de tous les Bulgares.

    C'est en effet ici qu'après bien des péripécies , le signal de l'insurection fût donné par un coup de fusil.

    Au cri de "La liberté ou la mort" le signal fût donné le 20 avril 1876. Le mouvement insurectionel afin de se libérer de l'empire ottoman se mit en route.

    Une commémoration à lieu tous les 20 Avril . Un monument domine le village rappelant ces évènements à tous les passants.

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    Walking around

    by wandeljp Updated Jun 13, 2011
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    Walking around

    In this month of May the town was not inundated with tourists. Yet on Tuesday were Ferris: Day of the alphabet Cyril.

    It will not be difficult to stroll Nearby Attractions every corner, every alley, every house is almost an invitation. Add the agricultural scenes: horses pulling carts, old tractor, shepherds, greengrocers or memories, and you can imagine I was thrilled and also my camera ...

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    En ce mois de Mai le village n'était submergé de touristes. Pourtant ce mardi étais férrié : la fête de l'alphabet cyrilique.

    Il ne vous sera pas difficile de flâner allentour : chaque coin , chaque ruelle, chaque maisons presque sont une invitation. Ajoutez les scènes agricoles: cheveaux tirant des charriot, vieux tracteur, bergers, marchands de légumes ou de souvenirs, et vous comprendrez que j'étai ravis et mon appareil photo également.

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    Education Museum

    by wandeljp Updated Jun 13, 2011
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    Education Museum

    Museum also called St. Cyril and Methodius.

    You will not miss to visit this small museum housed in the yellow - brown building along the main street.

    The collections show visitors different aspects of life here in the past: a classroom (writing Cyrilic), weaving, distilation of rose water ...

    We regret the explanations only in Bulgarian, fortunately objects are also presented in English. During certain periods internships are organized

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    Appelé aussi musée St Cyrille et Méthode.

    Vous ne manquerez pas de visiter ce petit musée hebergé dans le batiment jaune - brun en bordure de la rue principale.

    Les collections montrent aux visiteurs différents aspects de la vie ici dans le passé: une classe d'école (écriture cyrilique), tissage, distilation de l'eau de rose...

    On regretera les explications uniquement en Bulgare, heureusement les objets sont présentés aussi en Anglais. Durant certaines périodes des stages y sont organisés.

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    Georgi Benkovski

    by mirchica Updated Mar 17, 2011

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    In 1843, a pretty wooden house perched on one of Koprivshtiza’s hills and surrounded by green trees and motley flowers witnessed the birth of one Gavril Hlatev. In Bulgarian history he will always be remembered as Gerogi Benkovski – a pseudonym he adopted as an organizer and leader of the April Rebelion.
    A majestic monument of Georgi Benkovski has been erected near his house, impressive in terms of size and architecture. The design and construction of the monument are work of the architect P. Tatatov and the sculptor H. Tanev.
    The sculpture represents Georgi Benkovski mounted on a horse, galloping towards his dream. The monument is situated on a beautiful glade framed by a dense pine forest – a location which affords an excellent view of the whole town in its unique, out of this world beauty.

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    Mausoleum of the April Rebelion

    by mirchica Updated Mar 17, 2011

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    The mausoleum is erected in memory of all those who died during the liberation epopee of the April Rebelion – a reminder of the turbulent and patriotic spring of 1876.
    It was built in 1928 with funds donated by Nencho Palaveev.
    The lower part of the monument is an ossuary and the upper part houses a small chapel.

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    St.Nicolai Church

    by mirchica Updated Mar 17, 2011

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    After a general town meeting in 1839, the people of Koprivhstitza decided to have a second church built in the town. Neofit Rilski himself documented the decision with a written protocol detailing the future construction.
    More than 600 people contributed to the endeavor. The construction started in 1842 and lasted for 2 years.
    Architecturally, the church is a blend of Turkish and Renaissance styles. The whole church is made up of stone slabs. Its iconostasis consists of light blue frames holding icons painted by Joan Popovich, Alexander Dimitrov and Hristo Enchev.

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    Lyuben Karabelov's house

    by mirchica Updated Mar 17, 2011

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    The three buildings form an intriguing architectural ensemble. The oldest house was build in 1810 and was called The Winter House.
    Both Lyuben Karabelov and Petko Karavelov were born there. The two brothers go down in history as people who had dedicated their whole lives to Bulgaria. Lyuben Karavelov - as a publicist, journalist, revolutionary and writer and Petko Karavelov - as a politician (he was Minister of Finance and Prime Minister of the country).
    The second building, completed in 1820, was the storehouse where the family prepared and stored the famous Koprivshtitza “sudjuk “and “lukanka” ( typical Bulgarian flat sausages with spices). The pine trough where they prepared the meat for the sausages is now a museum exhibit displayed in the yard for visitors to see.

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    The First Gun

    by mirchica Written Jul 10, 2008

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    The First Gun - it is devoted to the first gunshot which marked the beginning of the April Uprising.
    The monument is placed near the Kaluchev bridge where on April 20, 1876 Georgi Tihanek killed the zaptieh (Ottoman policeman) Kara Hiusein. With the blood of the killed Turk Todor Kableshkov signed the famous “blood letter” and announced that “...the Bulgarian flag is flutters in front of the town-hall, guns are firing accompanied by the toll of church bells, patriots are kissing one another in the street...”

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    Uspenie Bogorodichno Church

    by mirchica Written Jul 10, 2008

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    In 1817 master-builders from the famous Smolski and Mirkovski architectural schools constructed a new church in place of the old one, burnt down by the Kurdzhalii (Turkish raiders). According to legend, it was build in 11 days. The church is low, dug deep into the ground, dimly lit, painted to look like a regular house on the outside so as to attract as little attention as possible. What is remarkable about it is its iconostasis, carved from wood by a famous Bulgaria craftsman - Hadji Georgi from Vidin, a representative of the Teteven school of wood-carving. It was completed 4 years after the church was built. The iconostasis resembles a delicate wooden cobweb in which Biblical motifs and beautiful plants and animals are entwined. The iconographic murals were created by celebrated icon painters such as Zahari Zograf, Ivan Nikolov Obrazopisov, Ivan Spaskovski and Hristo Enchev.

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    Nayden Gerov's house

    by mirchica Written Jul 10, 2008

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    This is one of the houses immortalized in Lyuben Karavelov’s novel Old Time Bulgarians. It still preserves the atmosphere and the spirit and of the past so well described in the book.
    In this house Gero Mushek opened the first monastery school. Nayden Gerov was born into his large family in 1823. He grew up to become an eminent Bulgarian public figure politician, teacher and writer. He opened the first Bulgarian class school in Koprivshtiza, wrote a number of articles and philological studies, translated songs and fables. Nayden Gerov is also the author of the first Bulgarian lyrical poem Stoyan and Rada, and of a many pieces of patriotic poetry inspired by his nostalgia for Bulgaria while he was a student in Russia. He loved Bulgaria and the Bulgarian language and after long years of research gave his country the first Dictionary of Bulgarian language.

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    Ljutov’s House

    by mirchica Written Jul 10, 2008

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    Ljutov’s House is an impressive example of the architecture of the period at its best. It was build in 1854 for the wealthy citizen of Korprivshtiza Stefan Topalov by Plovdiv master-buildings. It has richly painted walls and beautiful wood-curved ceilings.
    In 1906 the house was sold to the local merchant Petko Lyutov from where its name derives.
    The ground floor holds a display of “plasti” – handmade colorful covers made from wool used as floor covers and comfortable thick bedcovers. The plasti were made by special rolling and pressing methods and were colored with natural dyes.

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    Todor Kableshkov´s house

    by mirchica Written Jul 10, 2008

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    The house where the author of the “blood letter” was born in 1851 is a model of the Bulgarian architecture in the period of the National Revival. It was build in 1845 by Koprivshtiza master-builder Gencho Mladenov. The beauty of the house comes from its symmetrical design, elegant shape and spacious second-floor saloon with tall glazed windows. Its ceilings, doors, and cupboards are covered in skilful wood-carvings.
    Todor Kableshkov – the Chairman of the Secret Revolutionary Committee of Koprivshtitza grew up in this house. He was the one who declared the start of the April Uprising. Under his leadership the Turkish town-hall was seized and the Bulgarian national flag was raised on its roof.

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