Historical and Architectural Reserve “Bozhentsi”

The Architectural And Ethnographic Complex Etara is an open air museum, the purpose of which is to present the architecture and the lifestyle in Gabrovo and the region during the second half of the 18th century and the beginning of the 19th century.
16 houses can be seen on the crafts bazaar (the central commercial street) in the Etara, which are exact copies of buildings existing in the past in Gabrovo and the region. On the crafts street the visitors can watch in real time the work of the craftsmen. Multiple crafts are presented – bell-making (manufacturing of wrought bells for animals), pottery-making, sugar-making (manufacturing of sugar articles), furriery, manufacturing of copper vessels, etc. Besides observing the authentic technology which the craftsmen are using, the visitors can purchase the articles made before their eyes. Upon a preliminary request, the people working in the complex can organize trainings in traditional crafts.
There is a hotel on the territory of the architectural complex, in which the visitors can stay, and a restaurant, in which they can taste traditional dishes, prepared according to old local recipes.

Accommodation in Bozhentsi

Additional Information

June – September:
08.30 am – 07.00 pmOctober – May:
08.30 am – 05.00 pm
For one museum site:Adults: BGN 2, seniors and students – BGN 1For all museum sites:
Adults: BGN 4, seniors and students – BGN 2Tours:
In Bulgarian – BGN 5 (for one museum site).
Guided tours in Bulgarian language – BGN 7In English – BGN 10 (for one museum site).
Guided tours in English language – BGN 12Guided tours are available only for groups of more than two people.