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Sliven is located in the sub-Balkan.The city is nestled under the magnificent Blue Stones – one of the most beautiful natural landmarks in the country. Sliven is the administrative centre of the Sliven region and has a population of just over 110 000 people.

Sliven is a town with a long history, developed over the centuries as a serious and rich artisan and cultural centre. The name of the ancient settlement, the successor of which is today’s town, was Twida. Today, in the vicinity of Sliven, on the hill Hissarluka, can be seen remnants of the old fortress Tuida dating from the second half of the 4th century AD.

There is evidence that the settlement was a cult centre in ancient times, continuing to perform similar functions for early Christians and later in the Middle Ages. As a spiritual centre during the centuries of the Ottoman rule, Sliven has become a centre of the hail-resistance movement, from where its glory comes from the City of the Voivods. To this day, songs are singled out and legends are told about Indzhe voivoda, Zlati voivoda, Hadji Dimitar, Panayot Hitov.

One of the most important events for the development of the city and the country was the opening of the first workshop of a manufactory type in the 1930s.

Today Sliven is a modern and pleasant city with many sights and rich cultural life. The tourists’ interest is the house museum of Hadji Dimitar (1840 – 1868) – voivoda and hero of the struggles for national liberation from Ottoman domination. The house is located in one of the old quarters of the city – Klutsohor.

Another interesting landmark is the home of poet Dobri Chintulov (1822 – 1886), author of many patriotic poems and revolutionary songs. Not far away is the house museum “Slivenski Bit”, whose exposition is devoted to the ethnographic features of the region.

Again in the northern part of the city is the only textile museum in Bulgaria, located in the yard of the first Bulgarian textile factory. The museum is very attractive with the demonstrations of old weaving machines, some of which are nearly 200 years old.

The City Historical Museum is a must-see stop for the city’s guests who are interested in the history of the region. The museum impresses with the rich collection of exhibits and the remarkable golden ornaments of Thracian rulers discovered in the last few years.

Among the sights of Sliven are the monument of Hadji Dimitar, the Clock Tower, the Art Gallery “Dimitar Dobrovich” with numerous masterpieces of Bulgarian and world art, the beautiful building of the municipality, the Stefan Kirov Theater, the Old Elm – a century-old tree witnessing many events , and others.

 

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