History

Our town has more than 2500 years of interesting history. Getting familiar with it will make your sightseeing even more interesting.

 

Overview:

 

The Tinkov house 

The Covered bridge 

The revolutionary Vassil Levski 

 

The Tinkov house

 

 The Tinkov house is fairly old – it has been erected in 1821, more than 190 ago. Since then almost nothing has changed on its appearance and architecture. The blurry, but authentic pictures from that time on the left show us how the house looked like.

 

In 1974 our house has been refurbished and was granted a status of cultural monument. From this moment on its exterior and furnishings have been prohibited by law.

 

During the last years our family preserved the house’s ancient atmosphere and added a number of conveniences like air conditioning, WiFi internet, and many others in order to make it a more pleasant place for our guests.

 

 

 

 

 

The Covered bridge

 

 An important part of our town’s history belongs to the Covered bridge (bulg.: Pokrit most). It crosses the Osam river, connecting the old town Varosha with the new town parts of Lovech. The bridge was constructed about 140 years ago by the distinguished Bulgarian architect Kolyu Ficheto and became the most recognizable symbol of Lovech.

Nowadays the Covered bridge accommodates a number of traditional craft and souvenir shops.

 

 

 

 

The revolutionary Vassil Levski

 

There is one particular personality in the Bulgarian history that has succeeded to fascinate generations by his lifework and selflessness like no other. His name was Vassil Levsky – a revolutionary and ideologist of the modern Bulgarian state.

 

 During the latest decades of the foreign hostile Ottoman enslaving of Bulgarian lands Levsky created an undercover resistance network against the suppression.

Over several years the secret network was centered on Lovech, where the provisional government was situated. The ultimate goal of the confederacy was to prepare a coordinated uprising against the Ottoman monarchy and to found a free Bulgarian Christian state under a republican democratic government.

The secret network employed an encrypted correspondence, conventional signs, and fake personal and committee names.

 

The stories around the network establishment became apocryphal and semi-legendary as Levski always evaded its persecution an arrest by the Ottoman military. He was known to have dyed his hairs and have worn a variety of outfits to disguise his identity to the prosecutors.

 

 Shortly before succeeding his lifework, Levski was captured in the late December 1872 near to the Kakrina inn (link to short trips around) and shortly after executed.

Levski’s ideas and work were carried forward by its successors and led to a general upraise in 1876. Despite that the revolution was massacred by the Ottoman cavalry, it raised a wave of protest amongst European intellectuals.

Ultimately, the dispute led to the declaration of the Russian-Ottoman war and to the liberation of the Bulgarian folk in 1878.

 

Nowadays, an impressive monument of Levski crowns the fortification hills above Lovech. Our guests can enjoy the direct view upon the Levski monument.