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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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!"
Vratitsa Fortress is located 1.5 km west of Vratsa, in the gorge of Leva River, just before the Vratsata limestone gorge. The fortress is presumably a remnant of the ancient city that gave birth to today's Vratsa. Its foundation is associated with the valuable copper deposits near the fortress.