Bozhentsi is one of the most beautiful and picturesque villages in Bulgaria and a site of cultural importance
This historical and architectural reserve is not a museum and there is no admission fee to enter the village, although within Bozhentsi you will find a few National Revival houses which have been turned into museums enabling us to visit and take a look back in time as to how the locals once lived.
Visitors must park in the designated parking area outside the village and walk the hundred meters or so across the bridge and enter the archaeological reserve.
Origins of Bozhentsi
The village is over 600 years old. Legend has it that at the time of the Ottoman occupation, a noblewoman from the old capital of Tarnovo came to make a home here after her husband had been killed in the conquest of the fortress of Tsaravets by the invading Turks. The lady was called Bozhana and she came with her children and other noble families who all brought a different culture to the area. The settlement became known as Bozhentsi During the 18th and 19th centuries the village flourished with many inhabitants earning their living from making crafts and or trading. Today, over 100 homes in Bozhentsi are very well preserved. Walking around the little cobbled lanes of the village where time has stood still, you can still admire the periods architecture. There are several national customs which are still observed in Bozhentsi every year these fall on the feast days at Easter, St Georges day and Christmas and involve singing and dancing and are very colourful traditions.
Walking in Bozhentsi
Apart from walking around the village if you are wanting to go further then there is an old roman road which takes you towards Gabrovo approximately 4 hours and another path takes you to the town of Tryavna 2 hours. You can also make your way to Dryanovo which is also a 4 hour walk. Why not take in some of that fresh country air and walk from Dryanovo or Tryavna to Bozhentsi, stay overnight and walk back the next day to your car!
Accommodation in Bozhentsi
For those wishing to stay overnight, there are several hotels and guest houses in the village where you enjoy the comfort of a 19th century dwelling.
Bozhentsi is situated about 35 kilometres south of Velikio Tarnovo and 15 kilometres from Gabrovo