Welcome to Gabrovo Province!

Gabrovo Province is located in the heart of Bulgaria.

Tryavna, Gabrovo, Sevlievo and Dryanovo are situated at the foot of the Balkan Mountains, surrounded by magnificent views, preserved the historic memory of the country and filled with life.

Gabrovo – the Capital of Humour and Satire, the center of education, crafts and trade during the Bulgarian National Revival and today, is located at the northern slopes of the Balkan Mountains, 200 km east from Sofia, 22 km from Tryavna, 28 km from Sevlievo, 45 km from Veliko Tarnovo and 49 km from Kazanlak. In close proximity the mountain Pass Shipka is situated, as convenient roads and railroad connect the town with the rest of the country.

In the Middle Ages, during the Second Bulgarian Kingdom and the relocation of the capital to Tarnovo (today the town of Veliko Tarnovo), the need of guarded roads and passes became vital. It is assumed that Gabrovo was founded by the guardians of the Shipka pass, who after the fall of Bulgaria under Ottoman rule continued to perform these functions. Gradually the settlement grew bigger, as numerous crafts emerged to develop Gabrovo as a rich industrial center with commercial ties throughout Europe and the Middle East. The cultural life during the Bulgarian National Revival was lively and marked with significant events. Here the first Bulgarian secular school, which laid the foundations of modern Bulgarian education, was established by the kind sponsorship of the rich traders Vasil Aprilov and Nikolay Palauzov. Gradually the craftsmen’s shops turned into modern industrial factories, which manufacture was traded worldwide, so the city gained its name the “Bulgarian Manchester”. Nowadays Gabrovo has preserved its fame as an industrial center of enterprising and thrifty citizens, where the true nature of the famous Gabrovian sense of humour is deeply rooted.

The town of Tryavna is situated in Central Bulgaria, on the northern slopes of the Balkan Mountains, some 22 km east of Gabrovo, 50 km south-west of Sevlievo and 40 km south of Veliko Tarnovo.

It is assumed that the town is the heir of an ancient Thracian settlement, as on peak Elova Mogila an ancient Thracian sanctuary has been discovered. The first written evidence of the settlement is a sultan’s charter dating back in 1565. Originally the citizens of Tryavna were charged with the security of the Balkan passes, which entitled them to some privileges and tax concessions. People gradually developed additional occupations in crafts, as their high-quality products were highly valued both all over the Ottoman Empire and beyond its borders.

During the Bulgarian National Revival Tryavna was known for its skillful craftsmen and the achievements of Tryavna art school – the oldest art school in Bulgaria, which developed in icon-painting, wood-carving and architecture.

Nowadays Tryavna is one of the few towns in Bulgaria that have preserved the spirit and the architecture from the period of the Bulgarian Revival. Undoubtedly the most popular sight and town’s symbol is the 21 m high Clock Tower, built in 1814. Another place of interest is the impressive Daskalov house, which hosts the Museum of wood-carving. There the two famous suns carved in the ceilings of the rooms of the building can be seen.

The town of Sevlievo is situated in a cozy valley in Central North Bulgaria, 178 km east of Sofia, 28 km north-west of Gabrovo and 50 km north-west ot Tryavna.

The town is the heir of a medieval fortress Hotalich, as its ruins can be seen today some 4 km northwest direction. More than 90 residential and commercial buildings, divided into 4 districts, as well as 3 churches have been discovered and restored.

During the Bulgarian National Revival Sevlievo established itself as a center of crafts, as tanning used to be the most popular. Gradually the development of crafts in late XIX C and early CC C gave Sevlievo its industrial image. That period marked the opening of tanning, chair and textile factories. At the end of the XIX C several schools and a high school provided for the cultural and social development of the town.

Sevlievo preserved and is proud of its past and the heroism of the numerous Sevlievo fighters for National Liberation. Nowadays the town still follows the traditions and is one of the most successful industrial centers in the country.

Dryanovo municipality is situated in the central part of the Fore Balkan on 248,5 square meters strongly cut relief with altitude from 180 to 640 meters. The beautiful mountain slopes are covered with compound broad-leaved forests and between the hills and the rocks the rivers Qntra and Dryanovska crank.

The climate is moderate continental with soft winter and cool summer, it is very favourable during all the seasons for rest and tourism. The altitude is around 300 meters.

Dryanovo was found in 1470 but near the present town there was a settlement from XI-XII century.

Together with the convenient geographical position and the beautiful nature, Dryanovo is also known with the rich cultural-historical heritage. Many houses in good shape from the Revival period, three impressive churches with bell towers and rich graceful ornaments, the first physical relief map of Bulgaria as well as one of the first clock towers in the country welcome and see off the guests of the town.

In the home town of the eminent Bulgarian master Kolio Ficheto could be seen 3 of his architectural works: the church “St. Nikola” which was built in 1851 on the basis of previous church, the stone bridge over Dryanovska river which was built as the traditional revival ‘hunchbacked” bridges, “The Ikonomova house” one of the two completely preserved houses of Kolio Ficheto, which was built in 1859.


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Municipality of Tryavna
21 Angel Kanchev Str.
5350 Tryavna - Bulgaria

Tanya Hristova
Municipality of Gabrovo Mayor
3 Vazrazhdane Sq.
5300 Gabrovo
+359 66804939

Greta Gospodinova
Municipality of Tryavna
21 Angel Kanchev Str.
5350 Tryavna
+ 359 886245163



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