Lovech is heaven for tourists
Lovech is not a big town. On the contrary - with a population of 52 000 it is one of the smallest in Bulgaria. It is situated in the central part of Bulgaria and any other settlement would be proud of such a rich history.
In 1187 noble brothers Assen and Petar signed the peace treaty with Byzantine Emperor Isaac II Angelus in Lovech thus restoring the Second Bulgarian Kingdom. A witness of these events is the medieval fortress Hissaria. But Tsarevets, the capital of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom, Hissaria is the other place in Bulgaria where nowadays one can watch the spectacular Sound and Light show. Apart from enjoying the show, tourists can learn the history of the town. The municipality launched the show under the Beautiful Bulgaria project and it was first presented in December 2005.
High above the town, near the fortress, the monument to Vassil Levski stands. The apostle of freedom chose Lovech for a center of the revolutionary activities and the fight for liberation of Bulgaria from the Ottoman rule.
The picturesque 18-cenutury neighbourhood of Varosha is the birthplace of the first Bulgarian astronaut Georgi Ivanov.
Lovech's greatest pride is the Covered Bridge over the Ogosta River that was built by Bulgarian architecture genius Kolyo Ficheto in 1848. It is the only bridge of a kind on the Balkans.
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