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Location
Gabrovo Region is situated in the central part of Bulgaria.
Its strategic location and proximity to the geographic center of the country make it an important transportation crossroad.
Through Gabrovo passes Corridor № 9 (Helsinki – Sank Petersburg - Kiev - Bukuresht - Ruse – Veliko Tarnovo - Gabrovo – Stara Zagora - Dimitrovgrad to Greece and Turkey).


History

An old legend says that one of the founders of the city was Racho the Blacksmith, who built his settlement near Yantra River to shoe the horses of the caravans that traveled to and from the mountain. Gradually new settlers came to live near his house and since there was a huge hornbeam tree nearby (in Bulgarian – gabar), people named the place Gabrovo.
The strategic location of Gabrovo – near the capital Tarnovo and Shipka pass and the boom of crafts, trade and public education shaped its urban appearance. Migration of Cumans, Vlachs and Bulgarians, pressed by Turkish expansion, gradually formed local population of a keen mind. Agriculture, gardening, stock – breeding, leather and textile working, carpentry and blacksmith’s made their way into everyday life of Ancient Gabrovians…
During the period of the Revival Gabrovo was separated into 5 neighborhoods with local councils, 3 churches and parishes, 4 school boards of trusties and typical urban center with 3 bridges, a clock tower, a town hall, pubs and a public market. In XVII C associations of craftsmen, small church schools and foundation of Bulgarian administration were established.
In 1861 Gabrovo was proclaimed a town and thus gained its right to assign a sitting judge, a doctor and a chief of police. A few calamities left a scar on Gabrovo for the period XVII – XVIII Cy – the plague, the great floods, the plunders and the fire of 1789.
Prominent people of Gabrovo like Captain Nikola, Master Nikola and Tsanko Dustabanov distinguished themselves in the liberation movements of Bulgaria and Russian – Turkish Liberation war.
After Liberation Gabrovo was one of the centers that shaped the Bulgarian State organization. Prominent Gabrovians were among the national representatives in Constituent Assembly to develop and pass the Turnovo Constitution.
In the beginning of XX C Gabrovo became one of the most prosperous industrial centers of Bulgaria. Leading factories for manufacture of wool braid, fabrics, bullets, soap, leather, metalwork and etc. were located here.
In the course of time Gabrovo was given more than one name – it was called the Capital of factories, the Bulgarian Manchester and the Loan office of Bulgaria in appraisal of great contribution of Gabrovo industry to the state treasury.
Gabrovians are considered to be industrious, sparing and inventive. The collection of Gabrovian jokes is being published and translated in 23 different languages in more than 40 editions. It contains funny stories from everyday life of local people, filled with wit and inner charge. It is not an accident that Gabrovo is called the International Capital of Humor.
 

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Some pictures from nowadays Gabrovo

City counsil / Общински съвет


The dramatic theatre "Racho Stoyanov" / Драматичен театър "Рачо Стоянов"


Church / Църква


Gabrovo sport center / Спортна зала


One of the main streets / Една от главните улици


Park / Парк


Bear monument / Паметник на мечка


The open theatre / Летен театър


The flower market / Пазар за цветя


The hall of culture / Дом на културата


Random picture / Изглед


Church / Църква


View from Gabrovo / Изглед


National Aprilov highschool / Национална Априловска гимназия


Winter view (Racho The blacksmith monument) / Зимен изглед с паметника на Рачо Ковача


General view / Общ изглед


General view / Общ изглед


General view / Общ изглед


The clock tower / Часовникова кула
 

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And some pics from this year`s Carnival in Gabrovo:



Sofia`s mayor Boiko Borisov as Don Kihot / Бойко Борисов като Дон Кихот


Gabrovo`s mayor as Sancho Pansa / Кметът на Габрово (ГЕРБ) като Санчо Панса




Students from Dryanovo as alians / Ученици от Дряново като марсианци


General view / Поглед от моста
 

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"Once upon a time in Gabrovo" - a great new book about the history of Gabrovo, with plenty of photographs and all. The price is 15 lv, which is rather symbolic for such an impressive edition. :cheers:



Имало едно време в Габрово
автор: не е въведен
издател Фондация Българска литература
раздел Книги за България
език български
година на издаване 2008
ISBN 9789546770516
страници 336
тегло 750 грама
размери 29x21
подвързия мека

В изданието "Имало едно време в Габрово" са включени над 400 архивни фотографии и илюстрации на старо Габрово от 70-те години на XIX век до 70-те години на XX век - столетието, в което градската архитектура на индустриалния център претърпява уникална промяна. Голяма част от материалите досега не са публикувани. Авторите ни подаряват планетата Габрово - колекция от хора, събития, места, истории, предания, процеси в забавен, понякога тъжен или поучителен, исторически комикс. Тази книга е позитивната визитна картичка, чието послание е „Елате и живейте в Габрово. Тук винаги са се случвали красиви неща".
 

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Few photos from Etara:











































 

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There are lots of pucs from Etara, check out the Bulgaria Misc thread.I also posted many pics here.
Ако има как, прехвърли ги тук, за да са на едно място просто.
 
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