About Vratsa



Vratsa is a town like the Balkan-ancient and young.

Only 116 km away from Sofia, and 370m above sea-level, it's one of the most picturesque towns in Bulgaria. Situated at the foot of the mounatin, with the river Leva, slowly winding and the impressive cliffs overhanging the roofs of the buildings. There are not many towns, whose history has passed through many ages, dating back from ancient past. But Vratsa is one of them.

The Etnograpfic Complex

The Etnograpfic Complex, a symbol of the Bulgarian National Revival "Sofronii Vrachanski", situated on "David Todorov"2 street, which takes a territory of 5,5 decares is a famous sight in Vratsa. There can be seen three houses built in an architectural style typical for the period of the Bulgarian National Revival; there are also two public buildings from the same period-the revival school "Ascension", the family house of Hadjitoshevi, the house of Ivan Zambin, the house of Grigoria Naidenov and the church "St.Ascension"

Meshchiite's tower

It's situated on a small part of the central square in Vratsa , north-west from it. It's significant concise capacity with large forms is one of the landmarks of the town. It takes three times more space than the Kurtpashov's tower, it's twice higher and has an obvious defending purpose. Its shape is a stone prism with a height of 13 m. In the end of the 19th century the tower was rebuild like a town clock. The ground floor had a storing function and the three floors were used for dwelling places. It's considered that the tower dates back from the 16th century.

Kurtpashov's tower

It is situated on the territory of the Natural Park "Vrachanski balkan" in the western part of the main square in Vratsa and it adds to the Ensemble of the Historical Museum, the Art Gallery and the Puppet Theatre. Although it's a small-scaled, with its original outline it creates the impression of a Medieval castle. There are several similar towers existing during the period of Ottoman rule. It's like consolidated habitation of a local feudal lord. It dates back from 17th century, but the elements and the way it was built show continuity from the castle building of the Bulgarian Middle Ages-the 16th century.

The Mogellan mound

The Mogellan mound is a half ruined embankment, which, for many years, has remained undiscovered in the yard of a house, situated in the old part of the town. In the period 1965-66 were held archaeological researches. The archaeologists discovered a tomb, robbed in ancient times, and other two which are still preserved. In the biggest chamber were found corpses of an old man and a young woman. There were found also two silver jugs, bronze utensils and different guns among which many bronze points of arrows, iron pikes, a bronze helmet, silver greave, with some gold on it and with beautiful ornaments.