The town of Tryavna is located in the central part of Bulgaria. The town is situated at the foot of the northern slopes of the Balkan Mountains.
According to historical data, Thracian tribes inhabited the area around today’s city. There is a settlement in the 18th century, and in the 19th century, the city is already a cultural and craft centre. During the Renaissance period (XVIII – XIX century) Tryavna Art School emerged.
Today, Tryavna continues to preserve its Renaissance spirit. In the centre is one of the symbols of Tryavna – the Clock Tower. It was built in 1814 and its height is 21 m. The tower was declared an architectural and construction monument of culture of national significance in issue 96 of the Official Gazette of 1967.
The achievements of the Tryavna Art School can be seen in several museums. The famously carved suns are in the Daskalov’s House. They were made by the masters Ivan Bochukovetza and Dimitar Oshanetza, who in 1808 competed to prove their skills. Here is the Museum of Carving Art. The Daskalov house is declared an architectural and building monument of culture of national importance
The achievements of the Tryavna Art School can be seen in several museums. The famously carved suns are in Daskalov’s House. They were made by the masters Ivan Bochukovetza and Dimitar Oshanetza, who in 1808 competed to prove their skills. Here is the Museum of Carving Art. The Daskalov House is an architectural and building monument of culture of national importance
In the centre of Tryavna, there is also the Old School, which shows how the school process took place in 1893. Part of the museum’s exposition are textbooks, books, testimonies, etc. Here you can also look at an interesting collection of watches from different historical eras.
Another interesting landmark is the Raikova house. The exposition in the house reflects the blend of traditional Bulgarian lifestyle with influences from Western Europe. In this house in 1864 was born Pencho Raikov – the first professor of chemistry in Bulgaria.
Tryavna is the only museum of Asian and African art on the Balkan Peninsula. The collection of African and Asian objects and cult sculptures is donated by sculptor Zlatko Paunov. The museum has over 380 items from Tibet, Nepal, India and some African countries. There are statues of the most revered deities in Asia. African art is presented with objects and masks. Many masks are used for pagan rituals and voodoo spells. Most African masks depict demons whose eyes look down.
More about the history of the local population around the struggles for national liberation, visitors can learn at the home of the revolutionary Angel Kanchev (1850-1872). There are original weapons and objects from this period, as well as old photographs.
Beyond the 19th century bridge, which is also declared an architectural and cultural monument of culture, is the ancient street of Tryavna. There are numerous carvings and souvenir shops. In this part of Tryavna, there is the craftwork (shoe workshop), a workshop for folk costumes and others. Art lovers should not miss the art galleries.
Situated in the Central Balkan Mountains, the town of Tryavna is also suitable for mountain tourism.