It amused to note that the couple of public conveniences that I passed had sort of "arty" connections. The first one, heading into the "Street of Crafts", is signposted the "Galery WC" - it looks more like a proverbial "brick shiithouse" to me but was closed when I visited and so maybe there is more to it than meets the eye.
The second one, at the non-touristy bridge in the modern part of town, actually is quite "arty" in a concretely functional way. This was open and free of charge - unusual for Bulgaria!
- Arts and Culture
Where The Sports Stadium Is NOT Named After Levski
Just about every other sports stadium in Bulgaria is named after the famous anti-Ottoman revolutionary Vasil Levski including the National stadium in Sofia. Here though the local sports stadium is named after Tryavna's homegrown hero Angel Kanchev.
As a teenager Angel Kanchev was an ardent believer in the Bulgarian revolutionary cause and became a member of the Second Bulgarian Legion, based in Serbia, in the late 1860's. Following the Legion's disbandment he moved to Romania where he was involved the distribution of the newspaper "Dunavska Zora" which exhorted the Bulgarian people to take up arms against the Ottoman regime.
In 1871 he was appointed as a deputy to Levski by the Bulgarian Revolutionary Central Committee with a brief to agitate for the cause in the Northern regions around Ruse. Unfortunately his activities came to the attention of the authorities and he committed suicide, still in his early twenties, in Ruse after an unsuccesful attempt to escape across the river to Romania.
As well as being commemorated by the stadium his birthplace is now a house-museum and the main street running through the town is also named after him.
- Historical Travel