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Settlements: Sopot

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The town of Sopot (12 119 inhabitants, 520 metres above sea level) is situated in the fertile sub-Balkan mountain valley of Karlovo (which is the western part of the legendary Valley of the Roses), immediately under the steep southern slopes of the Troyan Balkan Mountain (Central Stara Planina). It is situated at the distance of 5 km west of Karlovo, 136 km east of Sofia, 63 km north of Plovdiv and 61 km south of Troyan. It is the birth place of the Patriarch of Bulgarian Literature Ivan Vazov.
A big machine-building centre.

History: There is information about the settlement dating back to the Ottoman Rule. During the Revival Period it was called Altun Sopot (Golden Sopot), because of its flourishing development, thanks to the crafts and trade. The citizens of Sopot manufactured aba (coarse homespun woollen cloth and upper mens garment made of it), braids, fur and leather of high quality and traded them predominantly round the Ottoman Empire. The town was destroyed by fire during the struggle for liberation (1877), and its population was slaughtered or expelled. The town was named Vazovgrad between 1950 and 1965 after which it obtained its present name again.

Landmarks: In the first place this is the house, in which Ivan Vazov was born, located at the downtown Ivan Vazov Sq. (tel.: 03134 2070). The initial house was destroyed at the end of the Ottoman Rule but at the initiative of admirers of the poet it was rebuilt in 1932 and proclaimed as house-museum. A special exhibition hall was built next to the house, which exibits key moments of the public and literary activity of the peoples poet Ivan Vazov (18501921). A memorial to the pet was erected at the central square named after him. Presentation of the Blessed Holly Virgin Nunnery (located near the central square north of it) which was founded in 1665 next to an old church from the beginning of the 15th century. In 1877 it was almost completely destroyed by fire. Solely the veranda with the hiding place of the Apostle Levksi (the Apostle repeatedly found a secure shelter there), the little church and the drinking-fountain in the middle of the yard survived and were preserved in their initial appearance up to date. All the remaining buildings were restored to their initial appearance. The museum corner Radas School, the cell of Hadzhi Rovoama and Lay Sister Rada Gospozhina - characters of Ivan Vazovs novel Under the Yoke are here, too.

Sopot Monastery St. Spas (at the distance of 2 km north-west of the centre) is located immediately at the foothill of the Stara Planina slopes, on the left bank of the Manastirska River. The date of its origin is unknown. It was repeatedly devastated and destroyed by fire. Its present appearance dates back to 1879. During the Revival Period there was a monastery school and a singing school functioning in the Monastery and it was a centre of revolutionary life, too. In 1858 Vassil Ivanov (Levski) was ordained for a Deacon here. The countryside surrounding the Monastery is extraordinary. The initial station of the open-seat lift is near it, too.

Dyado Stoyanovs Water-Mill (The mill of grandfather Stoyanov), described by Ivan Vazov in his novel Under the Yoke, is located next to the road leading to the initial station of the open-seat lift, in the north-western end of the town. The following places of interest are worth seeing, too: the church Holy Apostles Peter and Paul of 1846, Hadzhi Kotyovs House, Hadzhi Stoilkovs House, Hadzhi Stoynovs House, Kirkovs House, Kopanovs House, Konovs Bakery and others.

Accommodation: Stara Planina Hotel Complex (in the central Ivan Vazov Sq.). VMZ Hotel Base. In the St. Spas Monastery (next to the initial station of the open-seat lift.

Tourist information: at the hotels and in the town-hall (26, Ivan Vazov Blvd., tel.: 03134 2050, 2052).

Transport: Sopot is a point of the main road and railway line Sofia - Karlovo - Bourgas. There is a town bus line is functioning at short time intervals between it and Karlovo. It maintains bus connections with some of the smaller settlements within the region, too. The bus station is located at 75, Ivan Vazov Blvd. The railway station is situated at the distance of 1 km south of the town and there is a town bus going to it (tel.: 03134 2346, 2022). Not all express trains stop at it.

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