Kotel - The Privileged Soldiers Village, Bulgaria

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Minka Tsoneva (Mimip… on June 5, 2008

Kotel - The Privileged Soldiers Village

The town of Kotel is situated in a small valley in one of the passes of the Balkan Range linking North and South Bulgaria. This is also why its statute during Ottoman domination was that of a "privileged soldiers village", exempt from state taxes. This enabled its inhabitants to acquire wealth as merchants and craftsmen, and to feel spiritually and politically free to a large extent. In 1765 Paissii of Hilendar, the author of the first Bulgarian history - Slaviano-Bulgarian History - gave the manuscript to Kotel clergyman Priest Stoiko, the future bishop Sophronius of Vratsa, who was responsible for the History's first copy. Kotel's inhabitants were also the first to mark the Day of the Founders of the Slavianian Script, the brothers Cyril and Methodius, on May 24, 1860 - an official holiday today.

In the 19th century Kotel already boasted four secular schools. The school in the Galata quarter is now a Museum of the Bulgarian National Revival.

Kotel's National Revival period houses are of the "wooden type" seen frequently in the Eastern Balkan Range. The locals still weave their famous Kotel carpets, and many of their children study at the town's secondary music school for national instruments and folk singing.

A devastating fire in 1894 wiped out nearly the entire town of which only two quarters - Galata and Durlyanka survived.

Although but a few, the preserved architectural examples provide a good idea of the town's former appearance. Just take a look at the Kyorpeev House, now an Ethnographic Museum, the Kosichkov, Pisomov, Burnev, Bairumov and Karaivanov houses, the old water mill and the inn. The yards are dotted with geraniums and carnations.

Cemil özkan on June 6, 2008

Prez sedemdesette godini posetih.... edin mnogo hubav Bılgarski kray pozdravi

Minka Tsoneva (Mimip… on June 6, 2008

Cecemil, hubavi mestenza ima mnogo v Bulgaria, no ima i mnogo takiva po zelia sviat!

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Tianmu peter on June 8, 2008

Very good foto.........wow!

Minka Tsoneva (Mimip… on June 8, 2008

Thanks samcurry! As I see you have a big photo gallery!

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arif solak on June 15, 2008

very nice

Minka Tsoneva (Mimip… on June 15, 2008

Thanks Arif!

▲artwall on June 21, 2008

Здрасти, Мими! Моля те да си свалиш двете снимки от темата Look around във форума, които всъщност не са за там, че имаме проблеми с админа. Благодаря ти предварително за разбинането! Поздрави от Пловдив!

Minka Tsoneva (Mimip… on June 21, 2008

ok artwall Az vsashnost im pisah, che ednata snimka sam ia otkrila s Look Around gledaiki drugi snimki ot teatera v Sofia, obache te taka i ne mi pisaha.. ne e chestno vse pak.. Look Around misli che ne raboti mnogo dobre oshte, sigurno si ima bugs..

▲artwall on June 22, 2008

mimipet.com: Благодаря ти отново, Мими, за съдействието! А и аз предполагам, че все още имат проблем с някои нововъведения, както и се е случило с твоите снимки. И всъщност щаха да затворят форума ни щото не си оправили системата.

Да не забравя накрая да кажа, че тази снимка много ми харесва. С добър ракурс и дълбочина. Пък нали са ми слабост старите къщи. Привет!

Minka Tsoneva (Mimip… on June 23, 2008

Blagodaria ti >artwall! Na men sashto mi haresvat mnogo starite bulgarski selishta, tova nasheto nazionalno bogatstvo i triabva da se gordeem s nego. A pak sistemata dano da si ia opraviat po-skoro.

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