Bojentsi Tourism

Bozhentsi (Bulgarian: Боженци; also variously transliterated as Bozhenci, Bojenci, Bojenzi, Boženci, Bojentsi, Bojentzi, Bozhentzi, etc.), officially but not commonly Bozhentsite (Боженците), is a village and architectural reserve in Gabrovo municipality, Gabrovo Province, in central northern Bulgaria. The village lies in the middle part of the Balkan Mountains, 15 km east of Gabrovo and just north of the Shipka Pass. It is noted for its well-preserved Bulgarian National Revival architecture and history, and is thus a well-known tourist destination in the area. Bozhensti was established after the incursion of Ottoman Turks in Veliko Tarnovo, the former capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire, in the 16th century. Many residents of the capital then fled to settle in remote and secure parts of the mountains. According to the legend, among them was the young female noble (bolyarka) Bozhana, who chose to hide in the area where the village today is, and gave it its name. The noble's sons engaged in trade and the village gradually grew to become an important trade junction during the National Revival towards the middle of the 18th century. The main production consisted of leather, wool, beeswax and honey. The village of Bozhentsi was proclaimed an architectural and historical reserve in 1964 and is part of UNESCO's cultural monuments. The National Revival architecture has been preserved in Bozhentsi due to this, and there is a ban on the construction of any buildings that do not fit with the village's style. As the settlers during the Ottoman rule were mostly wealthy people, many of the houses have two storeys, the first being used as a cattle-shed and the second being inhabited by the owners. Characteristic features of the Bozhentsi architecture are the verandas, the stone-plate roofs, the corner fireplaces and the ceiling woodcarvings. The pavement of the streets in the village is only cobblestone. The Prophet Elijah basilica, featuring a nave and two aisles, is a remarkable example of the National Revival style. Domes can be seen hidden under the ceiling, as well as massive stone walls and the typical Bozhentsi arches. The church was erected in 1835, and the village's influential residents were allowed to construct a belfry, which was usually strictly forbidden by the Ottoman authorities. The former class school was constructed in 1872 and was situated in an imposing building near the entrance to the village. It is today a gallery and its first storey would once accommodate a hall and a library, with the classrooms being located on the second storey. A Roman bridge lies east of the village and a forest path leading to Tryavna begins on the other side.


If you are looking for travel information of Bojentsi in Bulgaria, you've come to the right place. When planning a trip to Bojentsi, make sure you visit its near-by prime city of Plovdiv. Attractions in Plovdiv include Plovdiv Roman Theatre, Bachkovo Monastery, Ethnographic Museum. Also, to reach Bojentsi, you'll have to take a flight to Plovdiv; so its not really a detour. And even if it is, the city is worth paying at least a quick visit. Popular vacation packages of Bojentsi are of 1-2 days.

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  • Know the pollution level of Bojentsi before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 55 (Moderate)
    • Water Pollution 31.25 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 12.5 (Very Low)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 18.75 (Very Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 25 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 31.25 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 35.71 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 6.25 (Very Low)
  • How safe is Bojentsi for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Bojentsi.

    • Burglary and Theft 33.33 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 21.67 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 18.33 (Very Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 57.14 (Moderate)
    • Car Stealing 25 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 37.5 (Low)
    • Attacks 18.33 (Very Low)
    • Drug offense 33.33 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 81.67 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 71.67 (High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 23.33 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 16.67 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 42.86 (Moderate)
  • Quality of Life Index of Bojentsi is 155.24 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 73 (High)
    • Climate Index 77.17 (High)
    • Pollution Index 43.98 (Moderate)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 14.67 (Very Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 33.6 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 60.97 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 7.04 (Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 39.21 (Very Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Bojentsi

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.16 USD
    • International Movie per seat 5.68 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 26.8 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 67.04 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 42.93 USD

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