Photographer's Note

A single visit of Teteven is not enough to get to know it and love it.Beautiful and mysterious is Teteven. Following each visit it will be disclosed to you new beauty, memories of past days, and promises of unexpected experiences.

Hidden in the bosom of the mountain, afar from the main roads it is difficult to define the time of the first settlers.

Accidentally unearthed, historical recordings of the past, are testimony of the fact that this area was inhabited long ago. Ancient forests, high water rivers that provided food and created caves, abounded in this region as it was where the ancient settlers’ made their homes. The caves of Morovitza, Bajovitza and Draganchovitza are evidence of this.
Numerous grave markings are quiet witness of Thracians lives. They are to be found in Vasiljov and Teteven mountain area, as well as along the Vit River and its tributaries. Circumstantial evidence has established that the Thracians inhabiting this area belonged to the Serdi Tribe. Yet, who is to say if this is so or not? What can be stated for sure is that Mountain Thracians shared same social organization, style of living, burial customs and beliefs as the rest of the Thracians.
Numismatic finds indicate that there was a Roman settlement here. Bronze and silver coins from the Roman emperors Trayan and Comodius, and other emperors of the II - IV centuries are not the only witnesses of Roman rule. Roman roads and watchtowers can be seen high in the mountains, as well as remains of Roman bridges over rivers.

When the Romans were gone, Slavs and Proto-Bulgarians followed them. Names of fortresses and residential areas bare witness that Teteven region was a part of this history.
Pouring over the Bulgarian landscape is testimony to the fanatic and merciless Black avalanche of the Turkish invasions, the chronicle of the yoke. The small mountain settlement Tetjuvene would not surrender. Following this, four Turkish Sulkans decreed privileges for Tetevenians returning a degree of freedom to the people.

16 and 17 centuries were periods of prosperity for Teteven. The town grew with houses so close to each other that one could go from one end of the town to the other just walking on the roofs of the houses. Twenty-seven crafts developed during this period. Teteven merchants went as far as Asia to the East and to Vienna to the West. There were 60 hadjias in the town (Jerusalem pilgrims). The town was called "Altan Teteven" – Golden Teteven.

1801 is marked with tragedy for Teteven. Kardjalias start plundering and destroying rich Bulgarian towns. After Kalofer, Koprivshtitza, Arbanasi it was Golden Teteven’s turn. Rivers of blood ran down the cobbled stone streets, where screams could be heard and ashes from the fires seen. Only 2 to 3 houses and a monastery survived. Teteven came to life out of the ashes like the Phoenix bird.

Landmarks of time and remnants from a past life are known through broken pottery, stone carvings, remains, burnt books, myths and legends...

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  • Copyright: Emil Totsev (Emo_) (44)
  • Genre: Plaatsen
  • Medium: Kleur
  • Date Taken: 2007-07-29
  • Belichting: f/7.5
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  • Date Submitted: 2007-07-29 23:46
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