Kotel is located 120km from Burgas in the Eastern part of the Balkan Mountain Range.

The name of the town is mentioned for the first time in a Turkish document in 1486. In the second half of the 18th century and the beginning of the 19th century Kotel and its surroundings were a famous shepherd’s region with growing cloth production. Long-term contracts for cloth deliveries to the Ottoman Army had provided the population with considerable privileges and had given them self - confidence and a spirit of independence. The Kotel people are known to be industrious, enterprising and studious. The town was flourishing with 5 secular schools and  beautiful clapboard houses with woodcut doors and carved ceiling soffits. Women used to make broadloom carpets, fluffy rugs and cushions, that beautifully added to the warmth and comfort of their homes.

Things to see:
Nowadays, Kotel is one of the most beautiful, patriotic settlements - a national center of the Bulgarian Revival. Come to Kotel to enjoy the beautiful architectural sights from the Late Revival. Not far from the station, there is the Pantheon of Georgi Sava Rakovski. In the museum devoted to this famous Bulgarian revolutionary, a gigantic stone cube with glass panels contains his remains. Other places of interest are the Church of the Holy Trinity, the Galata quarter with vine-covered wooden houses and steep cobbled alleys. Kotel is one of the most important Bulgarian centers of the weaving art. There is the Ethnographic Museum, which occupies a nineteenth-century house that used to belong to a seed merchant. Adorable is the evergreen Izvorite Park, named after nearby springs.

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