Heading here today at 4 pm...via bus...on the bus we met Anna Georgieva Zaiova, our hostess here: st.Donchev N. 104, home phone - 048989660, GSM cell 0888399609, she invited us to stay in her home which we accepted with enthusiasm. Brick home, room with 3 beds, and breakfast close to everything(since this is a small village, not difficult, ha). The National Hero, Levski, is from this town and here is where he organized the April Uprising, which began the fight for Bulgarian freedom from the Ottoman Empire. Walking tour covered 6 stone/wooden museum houses - Kableshkov House - lived in by the revered person who fired the first shot in anger which started the 1876 uprising against the
Turks,Karavelov House, Oslekov House - built(1853-56) by fellow who took part in the 1876 April Uprising before being killed by Turks, and Lyutov House -built in 1854,a permanent display of locally made felt cloths, & Benkovski House - built in 1831 by this family...Georgi(1843-76) who had a reputation on the wild side found his calling as leader of the insurgent cavalry, dying in an ambush after escaping N. when the uprising was crushed by the Turks(he was betrayed) - a huge equestrian statue of him views the entire valley; each exhibiting the baroque style with large entry salons,sunny verandas, and multicolored facades and interior painted walls.
In the summer there is a big folkdance festival here, but not now sad to say.