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Bozhentsi

Post code: 5349
Intl dial code: +359 67193

Bojentsi


Bojentsi is a village situated on the north flanks in the central parts of the Stara Planina mountain range at the altitude of 750 meters. Its architecture is typical for the Bulgarian Renaissance. An idyllic village nestling in the folds of the Balkan Range, 16 km north-east from the town of Gabrovo, which time seems to have lulled to sleep centuries ago. The shutters of the workshops have been closed, the blacksmiths have stopped hammering, the hearths have gone out. The well in the square, the wax workshop and the St. Elija Church are almost 200 years old. Until the end of the 19-th century Bozhentsi has been an economic, administrative, educational and spiritual center for the surrounding villages. Today, there are 100 houses left, built 100 – 250 years ago.

The small number of houses lie on both banks of the Bojanka river, which takes its source not far away from the village. According to the legend, the village was founded by a noble-woman, whose name was Bojana, who found shelter in the mountains after Veliko Tarnovo was conquered by the Ottoman Turks in 1393. Stock-breeding, different handicrafts and trade were the basic means of livelihood in the village. During the Bulgarian Renaissance it changed its architectural appearance. The hilly relief let the constructors of the settlement create a picturesque architectural exterior, dating back to the National Revival period. High stone walls, oak doors, tiny cobblestone-paved lanes, stone fountains and bridges create the incredible atmosphere of the place.



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