The village of Bozhentsi keenly keeps its 600-year history. To get acquainted with some of it, you just have to go down the streets in the architectural reserve. Among the most interesting houses to visit is that of the rich merchant called Doncho Popa. Not because the setting is unique, but because in the nearly 200-year-old home you can learn a lot of commercial tricks if you explore it with some of the Bozhentsi’s tour guides.
As soon as you enter, they will close the door behind you and reveal the secret of the two adjoining rooms. In fact, they open and close with one door as they are placed on both sides of a corner. Thus, once the owner came home, he closed the front door and immediately found the view of the workers in the workshop one floor below. His wife looked at the little children in a swing, clinging to the camp, swinging babies while weaving.
The story of the owner’s wealth is also known. He liked to repeat that even if he bought one kilo of wool for 1 leva and sold the same quantity for the same price he would make a winning deal. And the secret was in the wetting of the wave, which became heavier, and so the merchant really took more money. With the money earned, he bought utensils and furnishings from different European countries, but they were only shown to important guests.
The oldest house, where you can also get to Bozhentsi, is that of Baba Raina, built during the French Revolution. It is considerably smaller, with the animals living on the first floor. For the notorious savings of the people in the region, the fact that the two rooms of the house have a common inner window. There was a candle on it in the evening to illuminate both rooms at once.
You can also visit the Wax Processing Workshop, which is still in operation but not used as intended. The wealth of local people was due to the candy wax business. It is interesting that the Bojentsi traders negotiated with each other about the prices at which they will work each year and do not retreat from them. In the old school, you can see an exhibition of movie costumes related to Bulgarian history from native films. From the village starts an old Roman road, which you can get to Tryavna for about two hours.