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Teteven

Post code: 5700
Intl dial code: +359 678

Teteven

The Town Of Teteven Proud And Hospitable is situated in the northwestern folds of the Central Balkan Mountains; it stretches out for 12 km along the Vit river valley, taut as a bow-string which explains the etymology of its name. The settlement appeared in the second half of the 14th century, but evidence of settled life in the region refers its emergence to the ancient times.
One can reach Teteven by bus or car. Regular buses run to Sofia (110 km) and the district town of Lovech (70 km).

Lying along the Beli Vit river, Teteven is a starting point of a number of hiking routes leading up the Central Balkan Mountains. In the town vicinities can be found Koznitsa waterfall and Sinyoto kolelo (the Blue Wheel) and Yamata (the Pit) caverns. There are two nature reserves on the territory of Teteven Municipality. Boatin and Tsarichina nature reserves are part of the Central Balkan Mountains National Park.

The Broadest Beech Forest Belt in Bulgaria is to be found in the region of Teteven. Carefully protected is the flora and fauna in this portion of the Balkan Mountains fox, bear, deer, and a variety of fresh-water fish like mountain barbel, trout, etc. The history of the town is treasured in historical and architectural monuments.Traditional crafts: brwoodcarving, turnery, saddlery, iron-smithery and jewelry preserved popular customs and culture.

The St. Prophet Elijah Monastery (14th c.) situated in the northeastern section of Teteven at the foot of Ostrets massif The Glozhene Monastery of St. George is hardly among Bulgaria's biggest monasteries, but it may well be classed among the most inaccessible ones. It takes about an hour to climb the winding footpath from Glozhene village (12 km off Teteven) up to the monastery itself.



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