Kazanlak

Kazanlak, located in the valley of roses and Thracian kings, has abundant resources for the development of cultural, event, eco and rural tourism – festivals of the rose and Thracian rulers, preserved traditions, unique archeological monuments and historical heritage extending from the Neolithic age to the National Revival. Over 100 Thracian mounds have been examined so far in the region of Kazanlak, nine of which are open for visitors. Kazanlak is situated near the largest and very picturesque reserve of the Balkan Mountains – Dzhendema. There is another reserve and 5 protected areas in close proximity to the town.

Unique findings have been discovered near Kazanlak which are related to the history of the Edirne kingdom of the Thracians. A magnificent gold wreath of the Thracian king Seuthes III and a ritually buried bronze head of his statue have been found in Golyamata Kosmatka Mound. In the king’s tomb in Svetitsa Mound, a gold mask with individualized features and a stamp ring were found – some of the most valuable findings not only in the Valley of the Thracian kings but also in Bulgaria as a whole.

The Kazanlak Thracian tomb /IV – III century B.C./ is the first Bulgarian monument included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. It is famous for its unique murals – some of the best preserved examples of antique painting which reflect events from the life of the buried Thracian ruler.

Kazanlak is the birthplace of many famous Bulgarian painters and one of the oldest and richest art galleries in the country is located here. Part of the gallery fund has been exhibited in its branches – the homes of the painters Dechko Uzunov and Nenko Balkanski.

Today, in Kulata historical and ethnographic complex, tourists can see the process of violin making, primitive rose distillation and taste the products of the oil-bearing rose – rose jam, rose liqueur, rose brandy – crafts and production processes typical of the region.

The gold domes of the Shipka Memorial Church, built in memory of the killed Russian and Bulgarian soldiers fighting for the liberation of Bulgaria from Turkish rule, can be seen from any point of the valley. Its original architecture, in the style of the Russian Orthodox architecture of the XVII century with its typical arches, pediments and gold-covered details incessantly attracts tourists.

The legendary peak Shipka, considered by many Bulgarians to be a sacred place and a symbol of Bulgarian national independence and national pride, is located to the northwest of Kazanlak. This is the place where in 1877, Bulgarian soldiers fought epic battles with the numerous Turkish army, in which they predetermined the victory of the Russian-Turkish war (1877-1878). Their feat was immortalized by erecting a monument on the very peak.

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Municipality of Kazanlak 

Events:

Celebrations in the valley of the Thracian kings, 24-30 August 2012

Thracian soldiers and priestesses, mythical creatures and heroes will come to life in Kazanlak at the end of August. The Celebrations in the valley of the Thracian kings, organized in honour of the rich heritage of the antiquity perceived by modern people, will include professionals and amateurs and the citizens and the guests of Kazanlak will have the opportunity to attend a number of cultural events.  

Ancient techniques and modern skills will be presented by craftsmen and applied artists from the region who will open artistic workshops in the Thracian Crafts Fair. Thracian legends will be presented in the interesting performance called the New Thracians. Under the sign of the fire, which had a symbolic and mystical meaning for the ancient people, legends and natural disasters, rituals, music and dance will come to life.  

FESTIVAL OF THE ROSE 2012 (Festival of the rose, traditions and arts)

The festival of the rose in Kazanlak was established in the early 20th century. It is held annually at the end of May and in the beginning of June, when the air is filled with the aroma of the fragrant oil-bearing plant.

Since 2012, the Festival of the rose has become a multi-genre festival. Famous Bulgarian performers take part in it within the period 19 May – 24 June, placing an emphasis on Bulgarian music – ethno, jazz, fusion and classic. Two new festivals are included in the festival – OpeROZA and Etnika-fest as well as exhibitions, dance performances, competitions and plein air painting. Traditional events are held within 1-3 June: rose picking, a carnival march and a competition to elect the Rose Queen.

Chudomir’s celebrations (25 March – 1 April)

These celebrations are dedicated to the great writer, humorist, painter, public figure of Kazanlak – Dimitar Chorbadzhiyski known as Chudomir. The official opening takes place every year on 25 March – the Annunciation, which is also Chudomir’s date of birth. The celebrations end on 1 April. Within the period of Chudomir’s celebrations, exhibitions of his paintings are organized as well as exhibitions of other authors, concerts, competitions between students jointly called Chudomiriada. There are also comedy performances and the audience vote for the best performance to be the Comedy hit of the season.