Bulgaria is located in Southeast Europe, in the northeast part of the Balkan Peninsula. It is a European, Balkan, Black Sea and Danube country. This geographic location places it on the crossroad between Europe, Asia and Africa.
Bulgaria is also a transport crossroad, affording access to Western Europe, the Near East and the Middle East, and the Mediterranean. A series of major European transport corridors pass through Bulgaria. These corridors include the international highways that connect Western and Central Europe the Near East and the Middle East (through Beograd to Sofia and Svilengrad), including connections to Baghdad and Basra on the Persian Bay; from the Baltic Sea to the Aegean Sea (from Moscow to Kiev, Bucharest, Ruse, and Stara Zagora to Thessaloniki) and to the Adriatic Sea (from Sofia through Skopje to Drach). Another important transport route is the road from Constanta to Varna, Burgas, Tsarevo, Malko Tarnovo and Istanbul. Bulgaria is also connected to the Trans-European networks that lead from Berlin to Prague, Budapest, Sofia, Thessaloniki, and Istanbul and from Durres to Tirana, Skopje, and Sofia to the Black Sea ports of Varna and Burgas. These transport corridors are also serviced by rail. Bulgaria’s Black Sea ports connect with all other countries that border the Black Sea countries, offering particularly excellent opportunities for the development of transport through the large bays that front Burgas and Varna. Along the Danube River the country connects with the transport corridor that leads to the Rhine and the network of waterways that crisscross Western Europe.
Lovech is one of the very old towns in Bulgaria, which was originally found as a fortress, defending the roads via Sredna Stara planina.
On this place there was a wooden covered bridge, built by Koljo Ficheto in 1874. The bridge burnt out in 1925. In 1931 a new bridge was build and since 1982 the bridge is renovated.
There are gifts shops and cafe inside.
The Varosha is the old part of town where you’ll see lots of traditional houses from National Revival Period. Most of them have been restored and some now house restaurants and shops. Quite a few museums and galleries are located here aswell.
Definitely a lovely place to stroll around!
If you walk uphill from Varosha for about 10 minutes you’ll reach the ruins of the Hisarya Fortress. The foundations of the fortress date back to Roman times and in the 12th century the peace treaty between Bulgaria and Byzantium was signed here, leading to the creation of the second Bulgarian Empire. It was destroyed in the 15th century when Bulgaria fell under Turkish rule.
The view from the fortress towards Lovech is excellent.
The Etnographical Museum is housed in two beautiful revival period buildings. The exhibits include furniture and other items from times gone by. There are two houses:
– ‘Drasovata kashta’ (Drasova house) – shows the lifestyle of a rich merchant family in the second half of the 19th century and the first half of the 2th century
– and ‘Rashova kashta’ (Rashova house) built in 1835, gives an idea of the lifestyle of a Lovech intellectual from 30-40 years of 20th century.
Vasil Levski Museum
The Museum of Vasil Levski is located in Architectural and Historic Preserve Varosha – an old neighbourhood in the town of Lovech.
This is one of the most visited sites related to the work and memory of the Apostle of Freedom Vasil Levski, who chose Lovech for the revolutionary capital of Bulgaria. The museum was inaugurated on 19 February 1954 and since 1967 the exhibition has been housed at its current location – the old neighbourhood Varosha in Lovech.
The exhibition in the Museum of Vasil Levski spans two floors and chronicles the work of Vasil Levski and the struggle of the Bulgarian people for national liberation.
Vasil Ivanov Kunchev – Levski is the most revered hero in the history of Bulgaria. A fighter for democracy and freedom, a revolutionary and a proponent of equality, he is one of the chief ideologists and strategists of the struggle for national liberation in the 19th century.
The museum houses the richest collection of Levski’s personal effects in Bulgaria. His sabre and dagger are exhibited here, together with a small printing press, counterfeit Turkish seals, receipts. An original portrait of Vasil Levski from 1870 is also on display in the museum.
Among the exhibits there are possessions of Levski’s brothers-in-arms and his adherents from Lovech, of participants in the April Uprising /1876/ and the War of Liberation /1877-1878/.
In addition to the Museum of Vasil Levski, in Varosha tourists may also see the Ethnographic Complex, and on top of the hill above the Old City – the Lovech Fortress. Next to it rises the 14-meter Levski Memorial, inaugurated on 27 May 1964.
The Museum of Vasil Levski is listed as one of the best 100 Tourist Sites of Bulgaria. Souvenirs are available for purchase at the museum.