Sights

The Pleasant surprises and the nostalgia for the past times, the romance and the unforgettable personal moments are the special strength of our hospitality.

We offer our guests  bike rides, close encounters with nature and local people.

We will show you the permanent exhibition of folk art and crafts in village Oreshak, with live demonstrations of various crafts where visitors can also participate. Here in the beautiful valley of the river Cherni Osam is located the monastery complex “Uspenie Presveta Bogoroditsa”, a cultural monument of national importance, the third largest in Bulgaria. In a moment of solitude with the miraculous icon “St. Virgin” among the wonderful murals of Zahari Zograf we travel back in time- centuries back … yet just there  we can walk in the footsteps of the Apostle / Vasil Levski / we can touch hands with secret passages and stone walls,and witness of his legendary work. Beauty is our worldview, felicitation and spirit!

It is everywhere: in the artistic world of fairy Casa Art, the beauty of the mountain, the skilful masterful hands, the romance of the past and the great meeting with the Bulgarian spirituality.

The Monastery of the Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God

Troyan Monastery

The Monastery of the Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God or, as it is more commonly called, the Troyan Monastery is the third largest monastery in Bulgaria. It is located in the northern part of the country in the Balkan mountains and was founded no later than the end of the 16th century.

The monastery is situated on the banks of the Cherni Osam near Oreshak, a village 10 km from Troyan in Lovech Province, and is a popular tourist destination.

The main church of the monastery was reconstructed near the end of Ottoman rule during the Bulgarian National Revival period by a master-builder called Konstantin in 1835. The ornate interior and exterior of the church were painted between 1847 and 1849 by Zahari Zograph, a popular Bulgarian painter of the time, who also painted the central church of the Rila Monastery, the largest monastery in Bulgaria. Many of the "moral and social experiments" of art at the time such as Doomsday and Wheel of Life were reproduced at Troyan. One highly controversial move by Zograph was to paint his image around one of the windows in the back of the church.

The iconostasis in the central church is a wood carving dating to 1839.

The Troyan Monastery is also, since the 17th century, the home of one of the holiest icons in Bulgarian Orthodoxy, the Three-Handed Virgin.

Many people make a pilgrimage to this monastery on St. George's Day because of an icon of St. George in the main church. The room, in which Bulgarian revolutionary Vassil Levski was hiding and meeting with other revolutionaries during the Ottoman period is a museum.

Address: Oreshak Street, "Old Mountain"
Oening hours: Daily
Phone: 06952 / 28 66 24 80

Neighborhood grandmother Stana

Oreshak area

The neighborhood of Baba Stana is located 2 km from the Hotel Casa Art, Oreshak, Troyan municipality, in a picturesque area at the foot of the mountain. In the wooded mound can be seen preserved old houses of Renaissance style. Here is a new Christian church built by John Brisbane, London lawyer whose roots maternal originate in that neighborhoods. During the Ottoman rule in Troyan lived a widow named Stana, with 12 children - living Apostles: 6 girls and 6 boys. The Turks passing through Troyan robbed and despised anything. Particular danger faced either women and girls. Turks imposed a blood tax - enslaved children males. The family of the widow Stana has been exposed to danger. She had to save her family. And she finds salvation, as she moved from Troyan and chose a  beautiful location at the foot of the mountain, under the mound, covered with forests in a small depression with springs and meadows. So she and her family establish  the neighborhood and when it comes time to name it as a  grown settlement (Stana was already grandmother)  the neighborhood takes her name - Baba Stana.

The Guests of Arthotel Casa Art during the vacational August and our headwoman Feni Emilova on their way to  “Baba Stana” neighborhood had a chance of meeting with a 91 year old grandmother Ghana. She made our walk very interesting and unforgettable. She told us about her life in this beautiful corner of Oreshak. We learned from her the secret for a long marital coexistance - what is it? Come and find out for yourself. We learned also about healthy living lifestyle with the products from her own garden. We were amazed and delighted by the energy that radiated this fragile and weak lady. She told us about her uncle and late centenarian Ivan Mariinsky, participated in the show of Slavi Trifonov.

Our guest from Sofia received from the grandmother Ghana tips from folk medicine for faster healing of her hand, but with the proviso "to listen to the doctors."

A small chapel built with a donation from John Brisbane and locals in which everyone can come to this unique place can light a candle for health and say their prayers. And the school, which opens every summer for children from orphanages.

On returning to Arthotel Casa Art we passed under a majestic tunnel formed by centuries-old branches of Cherni Osam River. In this beautiful area it was like the river was whispering quietly without voice "Welcome to my quarters, I'll give you a sip of coolness in this hot August day" So majestically looked this unique landscape.

Here is a little Jana, who could not resist the temptation to get wet.

Yours  Biljana,Plamen and the Team of Casa Art!

Be sure to book now -tel. 06 952 24 74 and 0889 50 81 49

The National Exhibition of Popular and Artistic Craft

Oreshak

The National Exhibition of Popular and Artistic Craft is located in the village of Oreshak, at a distance of 7 km from the town of Troyan, and only 1 km from the Troyan Monastery.This is the only exhibition in the country, which has gathered all the works of Bulgarian artists of all ethnographic regions in Bulgaria in one place.The exposition includes ten exhibition halls on an area of 4,200 square meters. The exhibition presents unique fretworks, traditional Bulgarian handmade rugs, straw-mats, articles made of ceramics, copper vessels, knitting works and embroidery works.Except for the live demonstrations of various crafts, such as pottery and wood-carving, visitors themselves can get involved in the making of some articles with their own hands. Various articles and souvenirs are sold here.Every year, on 15 August, when the temple celebration of the Troyan monastery is, the four-day Crafts Fair takes place. The Easter Fair is also conducted here during the Easter holidays. During the fair craftsmen present their works in the yard of the exhibition area.One of the most renowned events in the region is the Festival of Plum and Troyan Plum Rakiya (Brandy). It is conducted in the last Saturday of September. Contests are also conducted during the festival period – for the best home-made rakiya and for the best snack.

http://www.fairoreshakbg.com/.

Oreshak

Oreshak - Аrt and religion, hand in hand

Oreshak is destined to protect the national spirit, as its occurrence. The village represents the love of the craft and faith in God. Here, religion and culture join hands to preserve the faith of man in some more lofty ideals.

Oreshak of those Balkan places where your mind like flies beyond reality. Saved time, protected by nature, cared by the State Oreshak is a symbol of pure and genuine love for the art of human and spiritual values​​. Vacationing here is celebrated with a lot of mystery with many colorful emotions and powerful memories.
Few know that it Oreshak is the birthplace of His Holiness Maxim - Bulgarian Patriarch and Metropolitan of Sofia. Another testament to the strong spirituality that radiates place. The proximity of the Troyan Monastery, his role in the events of our own history and efforts to preserve it to this day are enough to make you visit Oreshak. And if you take into consideration the time of celebrations, festivals and exhibitions organized annually by the locals will delight all your senses.

Location

Oreshak is the secret weapon of the Troyan Balkan - if you have not managed to impress enough of the beauty of nature in this part of Bulgaria, this time is likely to pass.

Oreshak is located at the foot of the Troyan Balkan in Northern Bulgaria and spread along the banks of the Cherni Osam River. It is 8 km east of the municipal center of Troyan, 28 km from the town of Lovech, 20 km from the town of Stara Planina glamorous Republic and 120 km from the capital Sofia.
Lovely cool forests and the mild climate make the mountain Oreshak attractive destination throughout the year. In the vicinity there are countless places for picnics and walks, and herbalists can encounter rare and extremely healing specimens. Just a few hundred meters from Oreshak are the third largest monastery in Bulgaria (after Rila Monastery and Bachkovo) and exhibition halls, which is held annually the National Exhibition of crafts and arts.

History

The earliest written evidence of Oreshak (a Turkish name Kuzluk) are of Ottoman records in 1631, according to which there originally inhabited by 13 households. First established neighborhood is "Baba Stana" (the name of a brave Bulgarian who emigrated from Troy to protect his family from the Turks porugatelstvata).
Originally Oreshak was called in the name of passing through the area Cherni Osam river, and a little later, when more settlers came and the place became a natural center, it borrows the name of the field, which is known today - Oreshak. The favorable geographical location and protection of Stara Planina briefly turned several huts in a lively area that has gained the status of a village.
Today Oreshak known mostly exquisite copper vessels, unique pottery, jewelry, bonny knitting and embroidery, the work of artists from across the country. Craftsmanship in these lands is known and prosperous since the second half of the XVIII century, when local artists gathered along the walls of the Troyan monastery to show their works.
Oreshak brings a magic - the people who live in it, of that charm that radiates from the strength and renewal you get when meeting with these seemingly ordinary people - the epitome of true wisdom acquired not from books but by the life of everyday life that begins at dawn and ends at late harvest. Bulgarian village embodies the spirit and what brings people - their power to be wise.

Hotel Casa Art invites you in Oreshak enjoy an extraordinary village and an extraordinary hotel!

Etnographic Museum

Мuseum of folk crafts in Bulgaria

Etnographic Museum is located 7 km from CASA ART hotel in Oreshak. This is the  only museum of folk crafts in Bulgaria , located in Troyan. It is in a building that was built by master Usta Gencho Kanev from Tryavna in 1881.The building was originally an elementary school, and later was given to the munisipality. The exposition in the museum was found in 1968 and shows  typical of the region unique collection of pottery, carpentry and metal art, as well as contemporary works of masters from Trojan. The exhibits shown  in Troyan museum are over 131 tousand pieces, the oldest ones are dated from X-IX centuries BC.
At the entrance of the museum there is a replica of the Trojan handicraft bazar. The entire first floor traces back the historical development of art pottery from the Neolithic to the Middle Ages and Renaissance. During the Renaissance, Troyan turns into a center of pottery and carpentry and here is shown the evolution of the famous Troyan pattern - of prevailing soft earth colors with decorative glazes, incised and plastic decorations, different colors and hense the Troyan colorful pattern is achieved.
In the hall of woodworking crafts exhibits authentic foot lathe belt of XIX century. Here you can see beautiful examples of craftsmanship as a yoke, board for placing water pots, wedding chest, three-leged chairs, wine vessels and bowls. The woodcarvers of Troyan are famous for its carved iconostasis, royal gates and bishop thrones. In the hall of woodcarvings you can see copies of iconostasis and different home-made icons. The metalworking craft is represented by the most popular crafts in Troyan - forging, farriery, axe making, cutlery, copper, gold and that armory. In the hall of art crafts you will see restoration of a typical Balkan home from the rivival period  with its arrangements, clothing and household. You will enjoy the subtle skill of the Balkan woman to weave amazing goat wool blankets, wool blankets and colorful rugs. Leather crafting is represented by exhibits of saddlebags, bags and covers for animals.
Address: Troyan, Sq. Vazrojdenie 1
Working hours: Monday - Saturday: 9:00 am to 17:00 pm (Sunday - by appointment)
Phone: 0670 / 220 62; 220 63

Zelenikovski monastery

Let's enjoy the fresh mountain air and the beautiful green scenery of the mountain! Zelenikovski monastery "St. John the Baptist" is located in the Zelenikovets in the Troyan Balkan, about 8 km southeast of the Troyan Monastery, about five kilometers south of the village Cherni Osam. The monastery has an incredible view from the Great Kupen and Ambaritsa.

10:30 departure / from hotel Casa Art / - Return around 14:00

Price per person - 15.00 BGN

/ the price includes mineral water and a sandwich /

Requests for the mountain hike are accepted by phone:

T: 0889508149 or 06952 / 24-74

Especially for you, for the guests of Hotel Casa Art, we prepared several mountain routes in the Troyan Balkan with different duration and intensity of our hike.

Price from 20 BGN to 35 BGN per person depending on the duration of the walk

Walk to the picturesque neighborhood of Baba Stana – 3 hours

Bike ride along Cherni Osam through the Troyan Monastery – 4 hours

Walk to Troyan in the footsteps of the Apostle - 4-5 hours

Natural Science Museum Cherni Osam village

Natural Science Museum Cherni Osam village -in the museum exhibits a rich exposition of mounted animal species which live in the Central part of the Old Mountain: mammals, birds, reptiles, insects. The museum was created by a collection of amateur biology teacher in the village, supported by local students. Currently the museum is a rich illustration of the animal world, a place where visitors can learn about the natural resources of the area and trainings on environmental protection, parks and reserves in the mountain.

Address: Cherni Osam village

Working hours: Monday - Sunday: 8.00 to 17.00
Phone: 06962 / 371.

Fortress Sostra

Fortress Sostra – A tour to a former Roman military garrison /Sostra fortress - for groups of at least 6 people/
The Roman military camp Sostra is located 12 km north of Troyan and 28 km south from Lovech. It is located on relatively flat terrain in the valley of the Osam River. Near the excavation have been found many coins, vessels, monuments. Most valuable finding is an ancient Thracian mask of V-IV century B.C. The valley is surrounded by hills: Trapezitsa (550 m above sea level), Mikrenskite heights (Popina hill and Popinka 500 m above sea level) and Sulashkoto (Kaleto 500 meters above sea level). To the south, valley opens between the land of the villages Dalbok dol and Dobrodan.
The castle was built near the river influx Ladana (Lom River), which runs near the north wall and Osam river, which flows 500 m from the eastern wall. The altitude of the fort is 300 m. The location is very strategic, because it controls the approaches to the south of Troyan, and the passing by road.
East (main) gate of the fortress face "Kalugerski passage” which was the only passage to the upper level of Osam river. The entire valley in which the fortress lies, covers an approximate area of 4 square kilometers. In this area there are partially explored ancient lots. The river valley is part of Troyan Fore mountain.
Address: Highway Trojan / Lovech
Working hours: Every day

Gabrovo

Gabrovo-/60 km. from Hotel CASA ART, Oreshak village, for groups of minimum 10 people /
According to the most popular legend Gabrovo was founded by Racho Kovachapredi about 250 years ago. The story tells that he was wandering blacksmith , master in his work ,who settled down under a hornbeam tree( in Bulgarian gabar). Hence the name of the city - Gabrovo.

Planetarium: National Astronomical Observatory in Gabrovo was founded in 1984. It is settled on one of the heights around the city. The mission is to educate, research and organize cultural events  such as lectures and programs of Astronomy,  observations of the sun, moon, planets and their moons, star clusters, nebulae and other objects and phenomena, thematic exhibitions.
Address: Gabrovo, 5 Petkova Street
Opening hours: 8.00 am to 16.30 pm
Phone: 066 / 808 234.

Near Gabrovo is the Ethnographic Museum of History Ether. Architectural - ethnographic complex "Ether" (Ether AEC) is an open air museum, it is a restoration of the Bulgarian customs, culture and craftsmanship. The  ethnographic complex "Ether" is the first museum of its kind in Bulgaria, founded on 7 of September 1964. In AEC "Ether" is the only left collection of Bulgarian technique of gathering the water. It is represented by 10 items and it is among the richest and well-organized technical equipment among the European open air museums. This is the reason why water wheel to become a significant for Ether museum. Interesting for  this collection is the fact that all objects are in motion as it was in the past. Handicraftsman bazaar is represented by 16 samples of the balkan architecture, revealing the distinctive talent from the renaissance.
Address: 5309 Gabrovo, Ether museum
Opening hours: from 9:00 am to 18:00 pm
Phone: 066 / 801 830.

Bozhentsi is ethnographic village from the 16th century, like the Ether museum, it was declared as architectural historical reserve. You can drink a glass of wine in one of the oldest pubs and enjoy the delicious Balkan cuisine. Bozhentsi was founded after the Turkish invasion in Turnovo in the late 16th century. Then the sitizens of the capital of Bulgaria fled and settled down in the deep and inaccessible parts of the mountain. Among them is the young noble girl Bozhana who choose to hide in the region, where now is Bozhentsi. It is named after her. Her sons become traders and over time the village grew biger and during the Renaissance become an significant trade center for traders in the middle of XVIII century. Manly the object of the trade was leather, wool, wax, honeybee.

Address: Bozhentsi village

Opening hours: day time from 08:30 to 16:00 h.
Phone: 066 / 804 462.

Panorama „The Epopee of Pleven"

City of Pleven is located 70 km from hotel CASA ART in Oreshak and here we offer a tour to Pleven Panorama, Osman Pasha’s mausoleum, national park "Kaylaka" –for  groups of at least 10 people. Pleven is a regional city in central northern Bulgaria, administrative and economic center of  municipality of Pleven and Pleven District. The population of the city to February 2011 is 106,011 citizens.
Almost all historical sightsees in the town are dated from 1877-1878 during the war between Russia and Turkey.
Around 200 monuments remind of the battles being fouth in these places.  Most famous landmark is Panorama „The Epopee of Pleven”, which is located on the top of a hill in the lush green Skobelev Park. Established in honor of the 100th anniversary of the siege of Pleven, a prototype of the Borodin Panorama in Moskow. On the territory of Park "Kaylaka" ware discovered foundations of the Roman fortress Storgozia. Preserved and restored are a fortification structure, an early Christian basilica and horeum.

Address: Panorama „The Epopee of Pleven”, Skobelev Park
Working hours: Every day from 9:00 to 12:00 and 12:30 to 17:00
Phone: 064 / 830 251.

Veliko Tarnovo

For groups of minimum 10 people

For more than two centuries Tarnovo was the capital of the second Bulgarian kingdom (end of XII - XIV century). It is the center, where important political, religious, administrative and cultural issues were been discussed regarding the medieval state of the country. The contemporary authors also  call it "God blessed Tarnovo", "the great Tarnov", "Queen of the cities" , "by words and deeds second place after Constantinople”, at the time the glory of the town reached distant lands, getting as far as North Ocean.

The town Tarnovo - the territory that was inhabited since ancient times, became capital after  the restoration of the Bulgarian state in 1186.  Being a capital is in favor the strategic location, vast area to inhabit and build and the fact that at the end of XII century it was one of the most inaccessible placein the whole country. These facts helped the town to develop into a large and populous center. The capital extends its position onto the fortified with strong walls hills Tsarevets, Trapezitsa and Momina fortress and over the banks of the natural water barrier Yantra river.

The Church “Forty Martyrs”- is the most famous medieval Bulgarian monument in Veliko Tarnovo. It was built and inscripted at the time Tsar Ivan Assen II the king of Bulgaria in honor of his great victory at the Battle of Klokotnitza on the 9th of March 1230. Here is preserved the only known grave of the Bulgarian king in the our land- the grave of Tsar Kaloyan. (according to the Regional History Museum).

Ethnographic complex “Arbanassi" – The St. George church at Arbanassi is situated at the eastern part of the fortress Trapezitsa. A massive stone structure building. On the blueprint the church is one-nave basilica with a narthex to the west and a semi-cylindrical vault. As the way it is now, the temple was built in the early XVII century. There is a ktoitor inscription placed above the door that says: "This divine and glorious temple of the holy martyr George the glorious was built and decorated by common effort, hard work, and sacrifices  of the noble getleman Mr. Paraskev and Irina, during the governance of archbishop Gabriel in the year 7124 (1616) The. It was launched on 15th of March and completed on 20th of May”. It is important to note that the temple dated from 1616 was built on the foundations of a church from the old capital Tarnovo period. (According to the Regional History Museum).

“Nativity” temple is located in the southwestern part of Arbanassi. The temple have been building for almost nine decades and thus emerged a unique ensemble of frescoes, which has no equal in the Bulgarian lands for its thematic variety and richness. In the conch of the abside niche are placed waist figure of Platitera Mary, Eucharist and Melismos. On the walls of church "Nativity" are written numerous ktitors signs announcing the names of donors. The temple is part of the complex, which is a residence of the biggest bishop gathering on the Balkan Peninsula – in Turnovo. (According to the Regional History Museum).

Stambolov bridge over the Yantra River - is located near the center of Veliko Tarnovo. You can get there by strating from the City Hall, passing Ether hotel, then near hotel Veliko Tarnovo and you'll find yourself on the bridge. Over the bridge you will stumble upon the Assens’ monument and the city galery. The whole area is an incredible panoramic view. The city houses perched on the cliffs, the Assens’  monument from one side and the Holly Forest Hill from the other. Sightsees enchanting with its incredible beauty and charm. The bridge was built in the early 20th century and named after one of the initiators of its construction - Stefan Stambolov.
Back in the days people would drive pass over the bridge. But now the bridge is a walking zone due to the strenght of the material that is made from, it has long expired and any heavy load should be avoided. At that time it was one of its kind in Bulgaria and even on the Balkans. It was considered modern creation of the European bridge building. It was build from metal structures that were delivered from different countries in Europe, then he was assembled here in Bulgaria. Stambolov  bridge is frequently discussed  from people of Veliko Tarnovo, it is associated with both good and bad - stories, but mainly the bridge is a favorite place to take a walk and pictures, it is an mandatory sightsee for the tourists. Every year on the Stambolov bridge a bungee jumping is being organized, which  brings large numbers of people here. Some come here out of curiosity, or just to watch, but most people take the opportunity to pump up adrenalin. If it happens to pass by Veliko Turnovo, take a walk to Stambolov bridge. It’s worthed! (Article excerpt from the Regional History Museum).

Trapezitsa hill-is the second most important fortification in the Old Bulgarian capital Tarnovo. There are two versions for the origin of its name - from the word „trapeza„ (table) or trapezoid, because it has a shape of trapezoid. The castle was part of the old capital of Veliko Tarnovo, and for that fact were built many beautiful churches and buildings. On the hill, behind the thick walls, were the main church buildings of the capital and the patriarch’s residence. Researches show that on Trapezitsa hill lived rich and noble people in magnificent houses with remarkable architecture. The castle was connected with that of Tsarevets Hill by a bridge, reached from a path carved into the rocks. Trapezitsa natural defense was the main defense of the hill - on three sides it is surrounded by turbulent waters of Yantra River. In the castle was situated  the royal mint. There is an exciting story regarding the royal mint that we’ll tell you when you come to Veliko Tarnovo. (Article excerpt from the Regional History Museum).

Ethnographic street of the crafts (it will take you to the monkey house, built by Nikola Ficheto). Nikolas Kouv’s Monkey House is a unique place from the Revival period, built by renowned builder Kolyo Ficheto. This house is famous with the sculpture  of a monkey high above the door, hence its name. The house is an architectural monument and also museum. Located in the downtown, at the beggining of Samokov bazaar, and is a mandatory part of the tourist routes. Like other Turnovo houses it is located on two streets. (Article excerpt from the Regional History Museum).

Old Street Gurko-Veliko Tarnovo is a wonderful city, especially that part dating from the Revival period. Gurko Street is the most picturesque, colorful and ancient street with unique atmosphere and location. The street begins from the lower part of the town, near Yantra River, located approximately below the Post office. As you take a walk you will pass by the restored houses and reach a small square, "Independence," on which the buildings of the archaeological museum and the old court are situated.

Spectacle "Sound and Light." During the evening on the old peak Tsarevets, you will witness of the unique show where lights effects will take you to the dark times of the 14th century, when Bulgaria gone under Ottoman yoke.
Address: Veliko Turnovo
Phone: 062 / 63 49 46

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