Bojentsi

12 km away from Gabrovo is situated a 600 - years old village of Bojentsi. It is among the most precious architectuBojentsiral and historical reserves in Bulgaria. The village attracts thousands of tourists all over the world with its well-preserved authentic architecture. The beautiful revival houses with heavy gates and roof, covered with stone plates, wooden terraces full of flowers make the atmosphere in Bozhentsi unique.

Bojentsi is a village with a history of more than 600 years. The beginning is a legend: the legend of the Boyar woman Bojana, who took her brothers and sons out of the destroyed capital Veliko Tarnovo 6 centuries ago. Together they settled in the venerable woods and built a village which was later named after her.
History
Bojentsi has always been part of the big world. Its location near the old Roman road Nicopolis ad Istrum – Augusta Traiana – Constantinople, enabled the people from the village to travel and trade with Russia, Italy, Austria-Hungary, France, Anadol...
With 110 houses and near 500 citizens, in the end of the 19 century Bojentsi was an important administrative, trading, cultural and spiritual centre. Gradually, people started to move from Bojentsi. Nowadays there are about 100 houses left in the village, which are between 100 and 250 years old. That is why in 1964 the village was proclaimed an architectural and historical reserve, and the forty people who live in it keep it alive. Still, in this old hamlet a person never feels lonely, even if living alone...
Welcome to Bojentsi
The Village-reserve is visited by thousands of people throughout the year. There are two house-museums to be seen, built in the 18 and the first half of the 19 century, with exhibitions of original objects dating from that period. The exposition ”History Remembers Only the Daredevils and the Generous Donators” presents the history of Bojentsi with photographical materials, objects used in the everyday life and luxury objects – part of the lifestyle of local people, the genealogy of some notable families from Bojentsi who made donations for the building of schools, churches and houses. The village earned a very good reputation through their involvement in the political and cultural life of the country. Among the items exhibited in the museums, the visitor can see a vice for wax with an original mechanism from the beginning of 19 century, a cutler’s workshop, a constant exhibition - bazaar of different fabrics, a monastery school; there is a hall in which different exhibitions take place depending on the season and the holidays – survaknitsi, martenitsi, Easter day’s rituals, pictures, photos...
very year many children from different towns gather to study the art of painting in Bojentsi. There are also revivals of authentic national customs depending on the holidays – Lazaruvane, Koleduvane, St. George’s day. The village offers you the possibility to stay in old-style houses. Also, there are taverns, cafes, shops...

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