Varosha – the old town of lilacs and cats

Autumn dresses the old town of Lovech Varosha in a new dress and makes it even more attractive for tourists because of the combination of the golden colors of the autumn with the Renaissance architecture of the 19th century. To reach the Varosha neighborhood, which was declared an architectural and historical reserve almost 50 years ago, you first have to cross the symbol of Lovech – the covered bridge built by master Kolyu Ficheto, the only one on the Balkan Peninsula.

lovech varosha

When you walk past the shops with old crafts, just as you are, you are going into the neighborhood where the merchants actually lived. Their houses were specifically built facing the courtyard because the shops were on the covered bridge and did not need strange eyes to peek into the houses. Nowadays, sweet cats like cuddly guards in front of these houses, are proudly strolling and leading you from landmark and landmarks while gently rubbing your feet.

lovech varosha
lovech varosha

You can still see the famous wooden verandahs. They resemble modern terraces but are mostly covered on top and side, and in winter they close it. The kiosks gathered the family and the guests, watching who was walking down the street and commented on it. Just like in modern cafes on the main streets of the city.

lovech varosha

As you walk along the cobbled streets you can easily reach dozens of attractions located just a short distance away. Above the quarter stands the Medieval Fortress of Lovech, from where the Second Bulgarian Kingdom begins. Below is the Church of the Virgin Mary, where the Apostle of Freedom Vasil Levski served as a deacon. And in the immediate vicinity of it is the museum of the revolutionary, in which are kept documents and objects related to his life and personal weapon of Levski.

lovech varosha
lovech varosha

Among the remarkable features of Varosha is the old city Ottoman bath Delhi hamam, which is today an interactive water museum. Even the kindergarten Maria Sirkova is housed in an old Han building. As you stroll, you will also walk past the houses of the members of the Lovech Revolutionary Committee, founded by Vasil Levski. In the old town is also the gallery of Dimitar Kazakov – Neron, and Nikola Manev is to be opened. So you have many reasons to visit Varosha, eat delicious meals in the eponymous tavern and immerse yourself in another era. And if you want to know why Lovech is called The town of lilac, visit it in May to feel the scent and colors of the Old Town.

lovech varosha
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My greatest pleasure in life is to travel. Undoubtedly there are a lot of amazing places around the world worth visiting at least once in life. However, Bulgaria is such a place where you will wish to come back again and again. In every season and every region of this small country, you can find unique wonders. So share my travels.