Koprivshtitsa is a small village around seventy miles east of Sofia. It’s well known for its 19th century Bulgarian revival style architecture with many of the properties in the old town dating from this period. The village was one of the centres of the Bulgarian uprising against Ottoman rule in 1876. Though the uprising failed the brutality with which the Ottomans suppressed it drew attention to the Bulgarian struggle. The subsequent confrontation between the Ottomans and the European powers led to the Russo-Turkish war of 1877-78 and Bulgarian liberation.
Today, as well as its architectural heritage, the village is known as a centre of Bulgarian folk traditions and hosts the National Festival of Bulgarian Folklore held every five years. We visited Koprivshtitsa at the weekend. Here are a few pictures.