If you enter Chiprovtsi on the way from Sofia (Vratsa, Montana) one of the first buildings that would attract your attention is the school. Nothing special in its architecture – just a normal school building with a yard and a statue in front. In the past, this was one of the famous carpets weaving professional schools in Bulgaria. Nowadays (since 2004) the building serves to both primary and secondary schools due to the lack of children in the town. Happily the old tradition of carpet weaving here is well preserved in the weaving rooms. If you were lucky to get in there you would be inspired by the atmosphere filled with traditional symbols and works. At the chemistry cabinet we did our Natural dyeing training in 2004 and 2005 summers. You wouldn't believe what colours one could get from several regular herbs!
The school was named after Petar Parchevich (1612 – 1674) – one of the most famous Chiprovtsi people who dedicate his life to the liberation of the region. Aliosha Kafedgiiski, Chiprovtsi artist made his sculpture - you could see it at the school’s yard.
The huge massive statue (author Marko Markov) at the town centre was built in 1988 - the same year as the marble square. The whole square composition is a monument of the Chiprovtsi rebelion, built on the occasion of 300 years anniversary. This include not only the monument and the pavement, but also the building of the Municipality and the Cultural house. The relief on its face depicts the Chiprovtsi rebels. Valentin Starchev and Krum Damianov are the name of the artists who made it.
On the main square you will find the main bus stop for Montana, Vratsa and Sofia; several food shops, the Chiprovtsi internet club (on the back of the Municipality) and Doctor’s Iordanov cafe (very nice place!).
The region was active long ago before the establishment of the empire and this continued through the years. There are many small and not so rebellions during the years of the Ottoman Empire. Being Catholics the people of Chiprovtsi have visited Austria, Venice, Toskana, Poland and other western European countries many times asking for help. Due to different reasons this help never come.
The Polish war against the Ottoman Empire was the sign Chiprovtsi people have been waiting for. In 1868 the rebellion happened. Even not as strong as before, the state army succeeded to take the region back. Many people have been murdered and nothing left in the whole region after. Several decades after there were no any settlements there.
The life started again after 1738, when the Sultan issued a general pardon and restored the property to the survived local people.
There were several battles and small rebellions till the independence, which for that region of Bulgaria come in 1877.
There is No Mountain Rescue service in the area!!! Local people are used to the nature and the way they evaluate the risks and injures is different than the western one. We had an accident there. Happily everything finished more-less fine, thanks to the efforts and help of the local Doctor Iordanov and Montana Emergency Medical Service.
Yes, it is - it is full with fleas! And nothing could help! I stay for a week with several well prepared foreigners there, but nothing helped. We were spotted like Martians all the time we’ve been there and a bit after…
Goats are filling all the streets morning and evening, but this magic has its own consequences.
Be prepared ;-)
Chiprovtsi waterfall is one of the Nature beauties in the area you shouldn’t miss!
There is a comfortable ‘black’ road heading south of Chiprovtsi, which would lead you to a meadow with a spring on it. Good place to rest situated somewhere about the middle of the whole way's length. The same road continues a bit later and then turns into a mountain trail. It passes through a deciduous forest and crosses the Stara Reka River several times. New beautiful wooden bridges have been built recently.
The trail is not well marked and it’s recommendable to have a local friend/guide with you. But be careful! Never rely on them if you would like to know how far away is the waterfall – all the time it’s “20 minutes”, and as the simple logic shows this is rarely true… From the town of Chiprovtsi to the waterfall itself it took about 3 hours walking.
There is No Mountain Rescue service in the area. Local people are used to the nature and the way they evaluate the risks and injures is different than the western one. We had an accident there. Happily everything finished more-less fine, thanks to the efforts and help of the local Doctor and Montana Emergency Medical Service.