Kazanlak, an important point on the Burgas-Sofia railway line, it is sandwiched between the ranges of Stara Planina and Sredna Gora, in the Rose Valley. The city is a good base for exploring the surrounding attractions. One of them is the Rose Festival, organized on the first Sunday in June, which consists of carnivals and parades in Kazanłyk and in Karlov.
Kazanlyk bus and train stations are adjacent to each other. From stations, after about three buildings, towards the north, you reach the Rozowa Dolina boulevard, leading to the Roza and Kazanłyk hotels.
The Archaeological Museum is located two buildings above the Kazanłyk Hotel, up the river Iskyr. Numerous items found in tombs and other places in the region are on display here. Inscriptions in the museum – only in Bulgarian.
In the park of Tiulbeto, 2 km to the north-east of the stations, you can see a faithful replica of a Thracian tomb from the 4th-3rd century found here. p.n.e. When removing damage caused by a bomb explosion (1944 r.), delicate frescoes have been discovered on the walls of the original tomb. Original, The brick tomb was then meticulously secured and it was impossible to enter it. Thus, for tourists, an exact copy of the tomb, mentioned above, was built nearby. A double fresco can be seen along the vaulted entrance corridor, depicting battle scenes and everyday life during peace. The burial chamber has 12 m in diameter and covered with a dome decorated with paintings, depicting a funeral feast and scenes from living in a better world. The second copy of the tomb is located in the crypt of the church of St.. Alexander Nevsky in Sofia. The Thracian tomb from Kazanlak is the only preserved monument of this type of Hellenic culture.
70% the world production of rose oil comes from the Rose Valley. The roses bloom from late May to early July, but wanting to keep the fragrance of the flowers, you should collect them before sunrise, while they are still covered with dew. You need two thousand petals for one gram of rose oil. On the road to Szipka, on the edge of town, houses the Rose Museum.
Accommodation and gastronomy
The bus on the route to / from Szipki passes by the Kazanłycka Roza campsite (open from May to mid-October), located between Szipka and Kazanłyk.
For private accommodation, please contact Maria Giniewa (tel45640), at ul. Batak 16. It offers private rooms for free 8 $ from person.
Two star, 80-the room hotel Roza (tel.24605), at the Rozowa Dolina boulevard 1, four buildings from the train station, it costs 30 $ for a single room and 50 $ for a double, rooms with breakfast and bathroom.
Hotel Kazanlyk (tel./fax 40 029), Rozowa Dolina boulevard 2, opposite the Roza hotel has quite high room rates: 42 $ for one- i 64 $ for a double.
Pizzeria Roza opposite the Kazanłyk hotel is a convenient place for an inexpensive dish. There are many more elegant dining options in the city.
Kazanlak is situated on the Bourgas-Sofia railway through Karłowo. To / from Veliko Tarnovo you go by bus via Gabrovo. To get to Szipka (12 km), at the stop west of the train station, take the bus #6 (every hour). Other buses from Kazanłyk include twelve connections to Gabrovo (47 km), to Veliko Tarnovo (96 km), four to Plovdiv (114 km) i dwa do Chisarii (72 km).
Aphrodite was sniffing it, the three Charyta sisters wore their hair. On the feast of roses, rosalia, The Romans decorated their tombs with roses, for the rose was a flower of sacrifice, but they also crowned their heads with them during the feast, so as not to feel the effects of drinking too much wine. In Egyptian temples it emitted hidden light.
And when the Romans were always kind to the new gods, they stayed in Egypt, they invited Harpocrates, Egyptian god of morning light, to his empire. He was so enchanted by the beauty and scent of Roman roses, that he raised a finger to his lips. And it stayed that way, as a god of silence. It is the rose, the flower of mystery, for the properly connected lines of the wild five-petal rose form a pentagram – mystery seal symbol. He is Aristotle's Aeon, a symbol of eternity…
Roses have probably always grown in the Balkans… but only one – Rosa Damascena Milli-became the queen of roses in Bulgaria. A certain Turkish official brought it from Damascus and planted it in his garden in Kazanlak. The Balkan light added color to it, the juices of the new earth enhanced the scent, and the wind from Stara Planina carved the shape of the petals. She wasn't in captivity for long. New generations have climbed the walls of the garden and walked down the friendly sunny valley.
It is a spa town. The water of two springs with a temperature 48 and 50 ° C treat heart disease. Nearby Kazanłycka Bania, with deposits of therapeutic peat, and Gornoparaniczewskie Bani are also balneological resorts.
Kałofer area, lying on the Tundja River, it is stretched rose and lavender fields. The great poet and freedom fighter of Bulgaria, Christo Botev, was born in this city. The Cheta Botwa was commanded by his friend Mikołaj Wojnowski, who after the poet's death struggled with a 40-person unit through the mountains, until he was ambushed at the Trojan Piano and died. The highest peak of Stara Planina (2376 m) his name is Botewa. In a city with beautiful houses from the 17th century. there is a poet's museum, located in his family home.