LOVECH: TRIP TO THE CITY OF LILACS

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Lovech is one of the oldest and most beautiful Bulgarian towns.

Located between the Danubian Plain and the Stara Planina's northern slopes, it appeared on the hills by the Osam River over the remains of the Melta Thracian settlement and the Presidium Roman town. With the wealth of its cultural and historical sights, its beautiful centre and authentic Revival Period architecture, and its greenery and parks, Lovech attracts visitors from near and far

Lovech Fortress. In 1187, following the uprising of the Asenevtsi Brothers in Tarnovo, the fortresses stopped the Byzantine army who came to restore the Emperor's control over Bulgaria.

In Lovech is the biggest and most impressive monument of Vasil Levski, the most revered and beloved national hero of Bulgaria, who fought for national independence from the Ottomans. Levski chose Lovech for the centre of his clandestine revolutionary organisation. The Vasil Levski Museum boasts the richest collection of his personal belongings, and the Kakrina Inn, where Levski was caught in 1872, is 17 km from the city.

With its over 200 architecture and historical landmarks, the Varosha Old Neighbourhood is among the most charming places in Bulgaria. In it is also located the symbol of the town, the Covered Bridge over the Osam, built by Master Kolyu Ficheto in 1874-1876 and one of its kind on the Balkans. The Deli Hamam old public bathhouse is from the 17th-18th centuries and is today an attraction dedicated to water. The Varosha is also the home of the town's Art Gallery, dedicated to Bulgarian art from the 1930s till today.

Lovech fortress

Lovech fortress

 

The Stratesh Park is a favourite place for walks because of its wonderful vistas and its lilacs, the plant after which people have dubbed Lovech the City of Lilacs. The local zoo is the second biggest in Bulgaria. In it, on an area of 11 ha live 420 animals from 74 species from every continent on the planet.

In 2017, in the city centre opened the Ss Cyril and Methodius Church, declared the Building of the Year 2017 in the Monuments of Culture category.

Located on the left bank of the Osam, the Bash Bunar Alley is a beloved place for walks and recreation.

The Devetaki Cave is 18 kms away from Lovech. It is one of Europe's largest caves and is impressive with its size, the big openings in its ceiling, its lakes, its bat colonies and its karst shapes.

Located 20 kms from Lovech, Staro Stefanovo Architecture Reserve is famed for its preserved Revival Period houses.

Tourist Information Center: Lovech, Mostova St (Covered Bridge), This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

www.lovech.bg

Lovech, Levski Monument

Vasil Levski Monument

 

Lovech Deli Hamam

Deli Hamam, Lovech

 

Devetaki Cave

Devetaki Cave

 

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