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Oborishte

The preparation of April Uprising in 1876 culminated in the history-making assembly at the Oborishte, the First Bulgarian Grand National Assembly. Lying twelve kilometers northwest of Panagyurishte, on April 13, 1876, Oborishte welcomed the delegates of people, who gathered to express its indomitable will to fight, and to repeat the words of the oath, "Liberty or Death!".

Oborishte place is situated at the foot of pick "Lisets" in Central Sredna Gora Mountain. In this place, naturally surrounded by century-old beech forest, during Turkish forays the nearby population hid their livestock, as it was in naturally made cattle-shed.

The monument was designed by the sculptor Yanko Pavlov and was erected in 1928 from a white stone. You may find a certain symbolic in its simple ornaments. Both lightnings, which come out of the great date, are symbolizing the attack of the intellectual fighters and the armed people. These lightnings break five rings, symbolizing five-century chains. The famous historian of Aprils Uprising D. Strashimirov, prepared inscriptions and the list of the people who participated in the Oborishte meeting. The monument is a synonym of this great event.

Each year on May 2, the grateful descendents gather on this place to honor the memory of all who died in Aprils Uprising.

A memory plate on the road to Oborishte monument tells: "Traveller! ... take down your hat and even from afar, make a bow before you pass by."

800 m south of the place, there is a cabin Oborishte (at 605 m altitude). The place covers area of 233.8 hectares and was proclaimed as historical place.



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