In the region

31 August 2021

Knigini Association

Knigini Association was established in early 2019 by three young and creative ladies from Vratsa. Maria Doncheva, Parvoleta Nikolova, and Diana Yordanova started their work with the idea for a vision change in the Northwest, based on cultural identity and the respect for literature. Right after the start of their activities, they announced their boldest idea - to turn the Balkan village of Chelopek, located below the historic peak of Vola, into the first Bulgarian "Book Village".
3 April 2020
The Cherepish Monastery "Assumption of the Virgin"

The Cherepish Monastery “Assumption of the Virgin”

On your visit to the Vratsa region don't miss the famous Cherepish Monastery, occupying an important place in Bulgarian history and related to the cause of prominent Bulgarians, including Pimen Zografski, Sofronii Vrachanski, Dimitar Obshti, Ivan Vazov, Aleko Konstantinov, among many others.
2 April 2020

The Rittlite Rock sculptures

This is one of the most stunning rock formations of the Iskar Gorge. Rittlite (the Cart Ladder) is made of sheer cliffs, running straight down the steep southeast slope of the Vratsa Mountain, near Lyutibrod. Seen from a distance, the cliffs protrude just like cart ladders (the cart body side walls), hence the name. Rittlite are made of sturdy limestone, formed 120 million years ago, when a prehistoric sea used to flounce in these places.
2 April 2020

Okolchitsa – Hristo Botev’s National Park

There is hardly a Bulgarian who has not heard of the Okolchitsa peak in the Vratsa Mountain - in 1876, Khristo Botev and his company fought here their toughest battles over three days outgunned and outnumbered by a far superior enemy. Many of them perished here, with the death place of the great Bulgarian poet and revolutionary Khristo Botev not far away.
1 April 2020

The Lakatnik Rocks

The Lakatnik (Osikovo) Rocks are a set of beautiful escarpments, slopes, pyramids, pillars, caves and karst springs located on the left bank of the Iskar River between the rivers Opletnenska and Proboinitsa. The name of the rocks, and of the well-known train station lying below them, comes from the sharp bend of the Iskar River right there resembling an elbow (lakat in Bulgarian).
1 April 2020

God’s Bridge

One of the wonders of Vratsa region is the "God's Bridge", a natural limestone overpass hidden near the villages of Lilyache and Chiren, about 15 km from Vratsa. The God's Bridge is the remains of a near-the-surface cave dug by the Lilyashka Stream, the arch being 20 m high and about 25 m wide.
1 April 2020

The Osenovlag Monastery “Holy Virgin” (Seven Thrones)

The Osenovlag, one of the most interesting monasteries nationwide, also known as the Seven Thrones, is located in the Iskar Gorge, 5 kilometres south of Eliseyna Station, in the Gabrovnitsa River Valley. The monastery emerged as a spiritual centre in the 10th-11th century. According to one of the legends regarding the monastery's creation, it was related to Tsar Peter II Delyan's brother, Prince Georgi, who took the vows and the monastic name Gavril.
1 April 2020

The St. Prophet Elijah Strupets Monastery

The monastery is located in a beautiful mountainous area in the vicinity of Strupets, near the meanders of Iskar down the northern slopes of the Old Mountain. According to scant information, the Tirzhishte /Strupets/ monastery existed since the early 14th century, when a market /tirzhishte/ operated in the vicinity, hence the monastery's name.
1 April 2020

‘Grandpa Yotso is Watching’ Compound

Travelling through the Iskar Gorge, do not miss the spot from which the blind Vazov character "watched" endearingly the newly built railway, sharing his enthusiasm by famously saying, "I am watching those things Bulgarian!"

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