Sevlievo is a town in north-central Bulgaria, part of Gabrovo Province,near the Rositsa River and across the mountain which welcomes its visitors with its purity and beauty.The population of the town is 24414 inhabitants.The earliest traces of life in the region date back to the late neolithic period (about 8000 years B.C.). There are still some Thracian tombs left. Sevlievo is known as one of the wealthiest towns in Bulgaria owing to the well developed local economy, high employment rate and major foreign investments, such as the American Standard Companies factory.Sevlievo began to develop as an administrative, military, strategic and economic center during the 10th century. Nowadays it is an administrative center of a county in Gabrovo province. Modern Sevlievo is a well developed industrial center.*THE SYMBOLS OF SEVLIEVO*
Sevlievo’s symbol is its Freedom Monument
, situated in the center of the town. The monument appeared in 1984 to honor Bulgarians who died in the April Uprising and the Russo-Turkish War. Eight revolutionaries from Sevlievo were hanged at the location of the monument.
The famous clock tower
is another town symbol. It is situated next to Razvitie community center. Tower construction took place in 1777 and the edifice was one of the 10 clock towers in the Bulgarian part of the Ottoman empire. The clock is still functioning today.*HISTORY OF SEVLIEVO*
The settlement emerged in the 15th century as a village producing timber boards but it is likely that it had existed before that, too (10th-12th centuries).
It was mentioned under the name of Selvi for the first time in 1618 where its present name comes from (it is related to the surrounding vegetation). It was completely devastated and put to fire by the kurdzhalii (Turkish brigands) in 1798. The settlement recovered comparatively quickly as an administrative center with a well-developed craftsmanship - woodworking, leather processing and tailoring, weaving. There was a well-known cattle market here, too but it was the silkworm breeding and the silk-trade which brought the greatest glory to the town and made it famous. There was a great demand for silkworm seed and silk from Sevlievo in Austria, France, Romania. The population of the town was affected by the great plague in 1838.
The town did not neglect its cultural development, either. A community centre was founded there (1870) by Dr. Stoicho Zografski, schools, churches
, a clock tower (1777)
, beautiful houses and bridges
were built as well. Petko R. Slaveikov and Martin Sofroniev were teachers here. Hadzhi Angel Ivanov translated the text of church anthems into the language of Slavs and Bulgarians and the Priest Pencho Nestorov translated the Gospel into the Bulgarian language. After the Liberation the town at first declined as a craftsmanship center but quickly developed after that. *PLACES TO VISIT*
Sevlievo is a small town but there are a lot of places of interest that will make you feel part of Sevlievo's past,present and future.Dandolovi Houses Ethnographic Complex
A rich Sevlievo resident and his son decided to set up a complex named Dandolovi houses. Its unique architecture gives clear view of the revival period lifestyle in the town. The three houses were constructed as to have separate gates and separate yard entrances.
The complex underwent renovation in 1973 and now preserves the ethnographic past of the town.[link=URL][link=URL][link=URL][/link][/link][/link]
Once you cross the big wooden gate, you are to submerge yourself in the revival time ambience. The yard still has its flower beds and a place where the family used to sit together during the summer. A bread oven has also been reconstructed. The table has been set, as if the owner is about to have a rakia drink in the shade of the trees.
The second floor of the houses features clothing and furniture. Visitors can get acquainted with folk costumes, a cradle, wooden utensils, tables and a loom.
A library and an old photo camera have been placed in several rooms. These also feature European clothing and modern furniture.
The corner room offers amazing view, since it enables visitors to observe three streets at the same time.
If you happen to like post cards, the complex has its own collection from the beginning of the previous century.
The ground floor of Koliouva house presents typical for the Sevlievo region crafts. There, visitors can see examples of pottery, copper production and gold jewelry production.
Dandolovi houses is also the site of concerts, exhibitions and presentations of poets and writers.Sevlievo History Museum
Sevlievo’s history museum dates back to 1954. Throughout the years, its collection increased to 45 000 unique items. Collections have been placed in four buildings, which also host archives and work premises.
The museum keeps evidence of life in the region from the Stone Age to present time. Collections trace developments chronologically. Archaeology and Revival collections can be seen in Tabahana workshop, while other interesting items have been placed in Dandolovi houses.Hadzhistoyanovo School
also hosts some unique artifacts. It features findings from the Thracian and Roman periods. Many items were found during excavation works at the ancient settlement of Hotalich, predecessor of the current Sevlievo. The collection includes rings, bracelets and necklaces made of crystal.
The school also features a revival period collection. It presents the most developed crafts in the region in the 18th and 19th centuries. Liberation struggles and education activities have been presented, as well. Visitors can examine a copy of Istoria Slavianobuglarskaia (Slav-Bulgarian history), weapons and the seal of the Sevlievo revolutionary committee from 1876.
Dandolovi houses show the typical looks of a revival-period house. Agriculture utensils have been placed in the yard, together with old machinery. A small yard portion has been used to present typical family life during the summer. Visitors can look at the oven used to make bread.
The house rooms have preserved their old looks. Three types of revival-period interior decorations can be seen. Another collection presents typical for the region clothing.
The ground floor features collection named Beauty in the Works of Sevlievo Craftsmen.Tabahana
, or the leather workshop, has also been renovated and turned into interesting part of the history museum. This is the only workshop of the type that is preserved in Bulgaria. All parts of the leather processing procedure can be explored.
Museum workers continue enriching the collections and constantly searching for and adding new items. LEISURE AND ENTERTAINMENT
Leisure spots abound, as well. Lugut r
egion is situated several kilometers away from the town. It is the starting point of routes leading to Botev peak. The region is also known as an international hunting center and its proximity to the national park makes it great for picnics.
Peeshti Skali preserve includes the high regions of the municipality. Century-old forests cover most of the preserve’s area. Nearly 100 types of healing plants grow there and mushroom collection is possible.
Lovers of fishing will also enjoy Sevlievo. Al. Stamboliiski dam
is situated near the village of Mladen, 20 km away from Sevlievo. Bogatovski
and Doushevski dams
also offer good fishing conditions.
The village of Sennik
is situated nine km away from Sevlievo and is the birth place of famous Bulgarian wrestler Dan Kolov. A memorial house is dedicated to him and the village features a paintball site.
Gorna Rositsa’s moto range near Sevlievo meets all international standards and hosts phases of international motocross competitions.
If you plan to spend more time in Sevlievo, book accommodation in one of the town’s numerous hotels. Opportunities vary from motels and villas to four-star hotels.
Sevlievo restaurants offer diverse culinary temptations. If you want to try something typical for the region, order fish soup, lamb cooked in a pot, koprivnik or trienitsa.
Some of the most famous Sevlievo Restaurants
and bars are Imperial Pizza and Bar,Odesa Restaurant,Bar Europe and Tuborg Bar.*ACCOMMODATION*
There are a variety of hotels and guest houses in Sevlievo which are suitable for different types of guests. Hotel Plaza
is in the center of town and most of Sevlievo sightseeing are nearby.
The newly built "ODESA"
hotel is situated in the central part of the town of Sevlievo. A nice place were you will rest in pleasant atmosphere and perfect service.There are a lot of guest houses around the city and even in some of the villages situated close to the city.Villa Venikula
is one of the tiny complexes which offers you low prices.Hotel Dan Kolov
is situated in the village of Sennik, the Sevlievo municipality, at the foot of the Balkan. It is 7 km away from the municipal center along the road for Troyan and Apriltsi.Another guest house is The Guesthouse Maria-Magdalena
which is located in village of Berievo in the valley of Vidima river.The complex Eldorod
is located two kilometers away from the center of Sevlievo town in the locality a Skusanoto, just by the river Rossitsa and near the city park Chernichkite.The hotel Rositsa
is located in the central square of Sevlievo, adjacent to the municipality building and the Museum of Sevlievo.*CONCLUSION*