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The region of the towns of Sopot and Karlovo is extremely rich in sights. Here the history of Bulgaria in the air.

1. Sopot is the birthplace of the great Bulgarian writer and poet Ivan Vazov.

Here he had spent his childhood and adolescence, which left the deepest traces in his life and career path.
Visit the Ivan Vazov museum house.

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2. Grandpa Stoyan's mill is located near the road leading to the first station of the chairlift, in the northwestern edge of the town.

The historic mill from Vazov's novel "Under the Yoke" shows the interior of a typical water-powered mill. In there is the room of Grandpa Stoyan, with preserved interior and workplace. Near the mill is the marked and beloved stone, which the national poet Ivan Vazov liked to sit on. Highlights of the exterior are set stumps and tables for seating, display of old household and ethnographic items, demonstration of grain grinding, offering miller-style coffee, bread kneading on the spot, jams, organizing a souvenir stand.

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3. Anevsko Kale is a fortress dating from 12-14th century.

The fortress was part of the ancestral estates of the Smilets brothers, Voysil and Radoslav, identified with the medieval town of Kopsis. The central citadel was located at the top, equipped with facilities needed for self-defense. Excavation works showed that within the fortress was a monastery compound of churches, as well as several independent churches.
Visit Anevsko Kale, village of Anevo, 2. 6 km, 5 minutes by car.

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4. Sopot was an important center in the activities of Vasil Levski.

On December 7, 1858 he became a monk assuming the name Ignatius at the Sopot monastery "St. Spas", under the mantle of Hieromonk Kiril. In the Sopot male monastery, back in 1869, Levski founded the first Monastic Revolutionary Committee, chaired by the abbot Raphail, a friend of the Apostle.
Visit the "St. Spas" monastery.

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5. The "St. St. Peter and Paul" church is built in the town of Sopot and is located in close proximity to the "Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary" nunnery - one of the main hideouts of Vasil Levski in the area.

The church was built in 1846 under the supervision of master builder Nikola Troyanov from Bratsigovo. During the Russo-Turkish War, Sopot was completely burned down and its population was killed or driven out. However, the flames spared the "St. St. Peter and Paul church". In 1879, the church was completely restored.
Visit the "St. St. Peter and Paul" church and the "Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary" nunnery.

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6. National Museum "Vasil Levski" - the home of the Apostle.

Open all year round. This is the 44th of the hundred national tourist sites of the Bulgarian Tourist Union.
Visit the National Museum "Vasil Levski" - Karlovo, 4. 9 km, 8 minutes by car.

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7. Municipal Historical Museum - Karlovo.

The museum is open all year round. There one can get a stamp on the Hundred National Tourist Sites booklet of the Bulgarian Tourist Union.

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8. To the museum also belong the ethnographic exhibitions in the Mazakov’s house and Daskal Botyov’s house.

The Mazakov’s house is located in the old part of the town and is an architectural and historical monument of culture, built around 1848. It hosts a permanent ethnographic exhibition displaying original fabrics, folk costumes from the Karlovo region, domestic crafts, etc. The typical urban lifestyle of the wealthy families in Karlovo is recreated. Daskal Botyov’s house can be visited on request at the historical museum.


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9. Center for crafts and cultural traditions – the Buhalov Inn.

The building of the Buhalov Inn was built in the middle of XIX century and is one of the most interesting and beautiful buildings in the town. At one time the revolutionary committee founded by Vasil Levski gathered there. Today, the visitors can experience here the creativity and craftsmanship of the local wood-carvers, knife makers, engravers, coppersmiths, coopers, iconographers; they can discover the splendor of the Kalofer lace, the weaving, artful knitting and mummers’ masks making.

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10. Architectural and historical reserve "The Old Town".

Despite the take up of modern construction, about 115 houses are preserved in the old part of the town and have been declared monuments of culture. Few of them are open for visit and while walking through the quiet cobbled streets, visitors can enjoy the beautiful facades of the houses, the wooden gates and shutters, the murals on the walls and lovely yards with vines and box shrubs.

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Entertainment

1. A funicular located in the adventure park "Shambhala" you raises to a height of 850 meters from where opens a view to the whole valley. You can also try zorbing, paragliding, mountain biking and mountain board

2. Option for paraglider flight with an instructor.

3. Walk along the indescribably beautiful eco trail near Kalofer.

5. Swimming pool - 1 km. from the guest house.

Every year on the feast of "St. Athanasius" (January 18), in the churchyard of "St. St. Peter and Paul" the municipality prepares boiled mutton offering to the health and welfare of the residents

Every year on July 9 Vazov celebrations are held to mark the birthday of the national poet and every five years is given the Vazov Award for literature.

Every year in Sopot, in the European Center for Extreme Sports and Meditation “Shambala” are held national, international and world competitions in paragliding. They are attended by athletes from Greece, Turkey, Romania, Macedonia, Serbia, Austria, Germany, Ukraine, Hungary, Australia, USA, Korea, Japan, China, etc.