City of Troyan
The city of Troyan is situated on the picturesque shores of the river Beli Osam (White Osam), at the foot of the Balkan Mountains. Archeological findings show traces of human presence in the region since the Paleolithic period, while during the Bronze ages the area was inhabited by the Thracian tribes. There have been numerous findings from this period – various artefacts such as ceramic and bronze dishes, iron weapons and jewelry.
At the start of the 15th century Bulgarians from different parts of the country started settling here. During the first half of the 19th century the crafts began flourishing in Troyan. The leading craft was pottery with the city still being famous for its unique Troyon ceramics.
In 1868 Troyan was declared as a city. Today, Troyan is developing as an administrative, cultural and tourist center. With its numerous natural and cultural landmarks attracting thousands of tourists each year.
You can find the Museum of the national crafts and applied arts at the very heart of the city, which harbors the unique memory of the city’s artisans. The museum has 10 halls, with each showing a different period from the art of craftsmanship.
About 10 km from the city, near the village of Oreshak is situated the Troyan monastery, “Assumption of Virgin Mary”, established near the end of the 16th century.
At the village of Cherni Osam (Black Osam) visitors are attracted by the museum of natural science in which visitors can get acquainted with the large diversity of wildlife in the Balkan mountains and its surroundings.
The area of the city and its surroundings offer excellent conditions for mountain tourism. You can find the National Park “Central Balkans” not far from the city and it continues to preserve the unique nature of the Balkans.