According to the legend the village of Bozhentsi is with a history more than 600 years. The legend tell us about the noble woman Bozhana - in 1393 the capitol Tarnovo was conquest by the Ottomans, and Bozhana run away to the deep forests of the Balkan, next to a small river. She settled down on the north side of Stara planina and established Bozhentsi.
The village is located near to the old Roman road Nikopolis ad Istrum – Augusta Trayana – Constantinople. The rising of Bozhentsi was at 18th and 19th century. The merchants from the village traded in whole Ottoman empire, Russia, Austria, Italy. In the end of 19th century there are around 110 houses and 500 residents in Bozhentsi.
The specific historical development of the village creates conditions for preservation of the revival appearance until the middle of 20th century. After the Liberation most of the residents leave Bozhenti. That stops the cultural, economical and social development of the village. That helps to preserved the whole architectural and urban ensemble of one Bulgarian village from the Revival .Bozhentsi keeps untouched the atmosphere of the Revival with wonderful architectural examples from the 18th and 19th century.
Therefore, Bozhentsi is the only one Bulgarian village, that preserved the complete character of the Revival, which contains and stores in itself a valuable ethnographic and architectural monuments and urban ensembles, and therefore that the geographical location and climatic conditions allow him to be a resort and tourist site is declared a historical and architectural reserve.
On 6 September 1964 officially was opened architectural and historical reserve-Bozhentsi. In AIR "Bozhentsi" are open for visiting two museum houses – museum house „Baba Raina" and museum house "Doncho Popov", which present ethnographic expositions, Mengema-workshop for purification of wax, school in the church’s yard, Exposition hall at the New school and Old school exhibition hall.
The Church “St. Ilia” that was built in 1840 is connected with interesting story told by guides in Bozhentsi.
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Guest house “Maria Savekova”, XVIII c.7 beds. Savekova house 18 century – typical architecture of 18th century. Two storey house. On the second floor there are two double rooms, one triple room and open verandah with big table for parties. On the first floor – the restroom and the bathroom. Prices: Double room – 29 BGN Triple room – 35 BGN Whole house – 93 BGN * All prices include VAT and tourist tax included
Guest house “Petko Kichukov”6 beds. Typical architecture of 19th century. Two storey house with a kitchen and dining room on the first floor. On the second floor there are living room with double room and separate double room. Prices: whole house – 124 BGN * All prices include VAT and tourist tax included
Guest house “Ivanica Boncheva”8 beds. Boncheva house was built in 20th century, repeated the architecture of 19th century. On the first floor – room with two beds, kitchen, livingroom and verandah with big table for parties. On the second floor there are two apartments (3 beds) facing a hall with coaches. Suitable for weddings, birthdays and all kinds of family and firm parties. Prices: room with two beds – 34 BGN apartment (3 beds) – 52 BGN as double room – 34 BGN kitchen – 30 BGN whole house – 188 BGN * All prices include VAT and tourist tax included
Guest house “Cana Mihova”4 beds. Typical architecture of 18th century – two storey house. There are for beds in two rooms, kitchen and fireplace on the second floor. On the first floor – the restroom and the bathroom. There is beautiful view to the village from the yard of the house. Prices: Whole house – 68 BGN * All prices include VAT and tourist tax included
Guest house “Maria Savekova”, XIX c.8 beds. Savekova house 19 century – typical architecture of 19th century. Two storey house. On the first floor kitchen and living room with fireplace. Two apartments with 4 beds on the second floor. Prices: apartment with four beds – 57 BGN as double room – 34 BGN kitchen – 50 BGN whole house – 164 BGN * All prices include VAT and tourist tax included
Guest house “Ivan Karadimitrov”15 beds. Typical architecture of 19th century. Two storeyhouse.On the first floor – two double rooms, kitchen and living room. Two apartments (4 beds) and triple room on the second floor. Outside fireplace and table for parties in big yard. Suitable for weddings, birthdays and all kinds of family and firm parties. Prices: double room (1st floor) – 29 BGN apartment with four beds (2nd floor) – 57 BGN as double room – 34 BGN triple room – 46 BGN kitchen – 50 BGN whole house – 268 BGN * All prices include VAT and tourist tax included
Great visit, great exposition, beautiful village, beautiful country.
Trés belle découverte.
Coleen and Chris
Wonderful. We learned a lot. Thank you.