It is located about 250km south of Sofia in the Rhodopes, at about 1050 m above sea level.

The village was founded at the end of the 17th century AD. The first cell school was built in 1830, and its church St. Nikolas – in 1848, turning Kovachevitza into the cultural centre of the entire region. The quaint architectural style of building has not been changed since the founding of the village. The only building materials used are stone and wood. The magnificent architectural solutions used in ancient times are still applied unaltered today. Kovachevitza has repeatedly served as the natural historical stage for numerous films. In 1977 the village was declared a national architectural and historical reserve.

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Visiting Kovachevitza is like going back in time. Almost completely detached from the modern-day surroundings, the town was created by the local craftsmen – master-builders and wood-carvers. Tucked between the ridges in the remotest south-western corner of the Rhodope Mountain, Kovachevitsa is surrounded by picturesque canyons, crystal-water rivers, thick forests and towering mountain peaks offering breath-taking views. There are only about fifty people who live in the village. There is nothing like strolling in the narrow, cobble-stone streets, enjoying the unadorned beauty of the proud, white-facade houses with stone-slab roofs and huddled whispering eaves. The climate here is moderate, with mild winters (as the breath of the Aegean is felt coming from the south) and a cool summers, providing excellent conditions for a relaxing escape from civilization’s dazzling pace.

Photos from Kovachevitsa

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