Places To See, Veliko Tarnovo Region

Tryavna Wood Carving Village

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Tryavna became famous during the Bulgarian National Revival period when it was heavily involved in the development of crafts. Houses from this period feature their own architectural design. The ground floors had irregular forms and housed craftsmen and traders. The upper floors featured wooden bow-windows, the roofs were covered with well arranged rocks. The town square has a beautiful clock tower dating from 1814.

Another tourist attraction is the “kivgireniyat” bridge, built above the river behind the clock tower. The wood-carved iconostasis and the bishop’s throne in the St Archangel Michael church are real masterpieces of the woodcarving in Tryavna. The Daskalov house is a museum of woodcarving and icon painting and boasts amazing ceilings.