Koprivshtitsa (from the Bulgarian word kopriva, meaning "nettle") is a historic town in Sofia Province, central Bulgaria, lying on the Topolnitsa River among the Sredna Gora mountains.
It was the heart of the April Uprising in 1876 and is known for its authentic Bulgarian architecture and for its folk music festivals. Koprivshtitsa is one of the charming historic Bulgarian towns, still preserving the atmosphere of the Bulgarian National Revival period of the 19th century.
The town is huddled in the mountain folds 120 km east of Sofia. The town boasts 383 architectural monuments from the period, most of them restored to their original appearance.
Collections of ethnographic treasures, old weapons, National Revival works of art, fine fretwork, household weaves and embroidery, national costumes and typical Bulgarian jewelry have also been preserved. It was here that the first shot of the April Uprising against the Ottoman Occupation was fired in 1876.
Starosel Thracian Temple. This is the oldest ever found royal Thracian complex with a mausoleum. It dates back to the end of 5th and the beginning of 4th century BC.The Thracian Temple Complex at Starosel covers six temples, four of which are unique, as well as a few royal burials.
The large temple at Chetinyova Mogila and the Horizon temple are open for tourist visits.The entire hill is surrounded by a wall, made of processed granite blocks. Its length is 241 meters and its height reaches 3.5 meters.
Your day in Koprivshtitsa and Starosel (one day shuttle tour):
- 9:00h departure from Mamma Mia restauarant behind St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral (center of Sofia)
- 11:00h arrival in Koprivshtitsa
- 11:00h – 14:00h guided visit and free time for lunch/snack
- 14:00h departure to Starosel Thracian tomb
- 15:30h departure to Sofia
- 17:30h-18:00h return to St. Alexander Nevski square / hotel