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Landmarks in Kotel

The town of Kotel has been declared an architecture and historical reserve. There have been preserved about 110 houses from the Revival Period in the quarter of Galata that survived the fire in 1894, as well as in those at Durlyanka street. They are Kamchiya-style houses - one- or two-storied , made of stone and wood, with brilliant wood carvings, huge eves, curved roofs and fantastic yards.

The Galatan School (17, Izvorska Str., tel.: 0453 2316, working hours: 8.00 a.m. - 12.00 a.m. and 1.30 p.m. - 6.00 p.m.) - an architectural monument from 1869. There is a museum exposition of brilliant fabrics - symbol of the ancient craft of carpet weaving - so typical of Kotel. The Kyopeevs House - Ethnographic museum (4, Altunlu Stoyan Str,, working hours: 8.00 a.m. - 12.00 a.m. and 1.30 p.m. - 6.00 p.m.). The visitor finds himself in the romantic atmosphere of the old Kotel home, feeling its whole beauty, utility and cosiness. The Pantheon of Kotels Renaissance men and women (Vuzrazhdane Sq., working hours: 8.00 a.m. - 12.00 a.m. and 1.00 p.m. - 5.00 p.m.). It is an imposing building made of stone, iron, copper and wood, giving the impression of contact with the glory of the past epoch. Georgi Sava Rakovskis sarcophagus lies here.

The Museum of Nature and Science (situated in the park called Izvorite (the Springs), tel.: 0453 2355, working hours: 8.00 a.m. - 12.00 a.m. and 1.30 p.m. - 6.00 p.m.). It preserves approximately 30 000 exhibits which show the natural variety of the area. The museum exposition has been arranged by in accordance with ecological principles and occupies 1 000 square metres. It is the only one of its kind in south-eastern Europe. Vassil Georgiev, a local teacher at the time, established it.

The Izvorite Park (the Springs), situated in the northern part of the town, is unique with the three springs (output flow of 2 000 litres per second). The Sveta Troitsa (St. Trinity) Church and St. St. Apostles Peter and Pavel Church preserve beautiful wood-carvings representing the Tryavna School of Art.

There is Philip Koutev High School of Music in Kotel, it is the first high school for folk singing and instrumental music in Europe (the other school of this type is located in the village of Shiroka Luka in the Rhodope Mountains).

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