Land of tradition

Nature/Culture/History

Nature of Chiprovtsi

Chiprovtsi is situated in a small valley at the foot of the Chiprovtsi Mountain, a high northern branch of the western Balkan Mountains. The Chiprovtsi Mountain forms the border between Bulgaria and the neighbouring Serbia.

The Ogosta River, a right tributary of the Danube, originates from the Chiprovtsi Mountain and flows northeast through the Danubian Plain to join the Danube in Vratsa Province.

Culture

Chiprovtsi Historical Museum

Founded in 1988 on the anniversary of the Chiprovtsi Uprising. The main exhibition is housed in a renovated schoolhouse, built in 1866.

Ethnographic Museum „Katerina Kushta”

Exposed old clothes, utensils, accessories and famous Kilim carpets.

The Sankta Maria Catholic Church

The Sankta Maria Catholic Church was built in 1371 and was a center of Bulgarian Catholicism prior to the 1688 uprising.

Culture and religion

The municipality has 30 registered cultural monuments and 12 consecrated stone crosses, of which eight in Chiprovtsi. Such crosses are typical for the Bulgarian northwest and each is dedicated to a saint: they serve both demarcating and religious purposes. Most of the crosses are not dated, with the notable exceptions of Saint Demetrius—1755, Saints Peter and Paul—1781 and Holy Mother of God—1874.

  • Museums

  • Catholic Church

  • Orthodox Church

  • Stone crosses

History

It is known that the area around Chiprovtsi has been inhabited since the time of the Thracians and later the Roman Empire, when the local metal deposits were exploited. According to historian V. Velkov, the valley of the Ogosta was inhabited by Thracians since the early 1st millennium BC. 

Antiquity and Middle Ages

 

Early Ottoman rule

Cultural heyday

Chiprovtsi Uprising

Popular Events

Fishing

Watersport

Biking/Cycling
Hiking/Climbing
Traditional Kitchen

Regional Food

Awarded and sophisticated gourmet kitchen
Own vegetable, herb and spice cultivations
Fish, meat and venison from the local region
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