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PIRDOP

Pirdop is situated on the southeastern section of the Zlatitsa-Pirdop Plain between the Balkan Mountains and the Sredna Gora.
The first information relating to the town is from the 12th century, when the Pirdop Apostle - a valuable liturgical manuscript, preserved in the National Library in Sofia - was written. It was one of the centres of enlightenment during the National Revival. One of the Damaskins (collections of religious teachings) written at the time. Tihonravovia (the quiet-tempered one), is preserved in the State Library in Moscow. A cell school was established and, later, the first public school in the common Bulgarian language. The town became well-known for the production of thick woolen fabric (shayak). outer garments from this fabric (aba), braided stands for the decorative elements of national folk costumes (gaitan), thick wool rugs (halishte), beautiful bed covers from woolen or fur fabrics (gouber) - true works of art. candles and soap. The loss of markets after the Liberation from the Ottoman Rule led to the decline of these crafts.

LANDMARKS
• Museum of Pirdop inhabitants who made great contributions to national history and culture - Lukanova House: the home of Nikola Pushkarov - the founder of the science of soils in Bulgaria; the home of Todor Vlaykov, a significant writer and community advocate.
• Ruins from the time of Emperor Justinian I six kilometers from the town.
• Remains of an ancient settlement, probably the lost Thracian town, Burdapa.
• Objects from the Neolithic Age.
• Thracian mounds.

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