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«Just the single town of Koprivshtitza with its 10 authors born here has contributed to bulgarian renaissance typography more books than all authors born in the western part of Bulgaria (87) or Macedonia (92) and almost as many books as have been published by all authors from Southeastern Bulgaria.»

This notable fact, highlighted by the prominent russian historian Grigorii Venediktov, is due to the remarkable role of Koprivshtitza as a cultural, educational and literary center during the Bulgarian Renaissance. As early as 1833, the first municipal school opened doors in the house donated by chorbadji Valko Chalakov. Soon the school became too small for the knowledge-hungry children of Koprivshtitza. In 1837 near Topolnitza river a new school was build, whose donor again was the generous and dignified Valko Chalakov. One of the first teachers at the school, which attracted many students from the surroundings of Koprivshtitza was Neofit Rilski. In 1846, Nayden Gerov, who had just came back from Russia, opened the first school with classes, where various new and modern disciplines were taught, using the most up-to-date educational methods. These schools, along with the girl’s school, founded in 1850, were financed by the people of Koprivshtitza.

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The chitalishte - a unique institution with a special place in the history of Bulgarian society – something between a library and a community center (1869), the student’s organization «Zora» (1870), the women’s organization «Blagoveshtenie» (1871), ran by Ana Kableshkova, the “Trudoliubie” organization (1872), aiming to develop the industry in the region) turn Koprivshtitza into a “small model of all important processes in Bulgarian renaissance society”.

Koprivshtitza has preserved its intellectual spirit even in the XXIst century: the library of chitalishte “Hadji Nencho Palaveev” has more than 34 000 pieces of literature, the rate of literacy of local people is 99.8 with 98.2 for the country. With the help of national and international projects, organizations and sponsors, continues the work of the chitalisthe, the Directorate of Museums, of the local teachers and intellectuals not only for the preservation of the cultural and historical heritage, but also for the revival of traditional crafts (weaving, fuller’s trade), local customs and rituals.

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Once in five years the meadows in the region of Voivodenetz are echoed by the chants and melodies of the National folklore fair and every year around 15th of August – the patron saint’s day of the “Uspenie Bogorodichno” church – the Days of folklore are held. The annual reproduction of the April Uprising is also a part of the town’s cultural calendar. On the 1st and 2nd of May, if you are in Koprivshtitza, you will hear the guns firing, the sound of the church’s bells and the joyful shouts of the brave fellows.


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Koprivshtitza 2077,

“h. Nencho Palaveev” str. № 15,

Reception: 0887 398713, 07184 2123, 07184 2144

Manager: 0894 747263, 0889 070077, 0879 016171






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