About Zheravna – presentation, information, photos and recommendations
The village emerged between the 12th and 14th century and grew to become a cultural and handicraft centre in the 18th century.
Popular sights in the village include the museum house of the merchant Rusi Chorbadzhi from the early 18th century, the Church of St Nicholas inaugurated in 1834 and housing icons from the 18th and early 19th century, the museum house of the noted writer Yordan Yovkov born in 1880, the art gallery occupying the old class school and the museum house of the educator Sava Filaterov.
Zheravna is at 579 m above sea level.
Zheravna lies scenically in the lower eastern part of the Balkan Mountains, at a place where they’re gradually descending as they approach the Black Sea. Zheravna rose to affluence and importance in the 17th century due to its key position on a trading route. The residents built imposing houses of wood decorated with elaborate woodcarvings and traditional local carpets.
Today, there are around 200 historic houses in Zheravna, some up to 300 years old. Each August, Zheravna is the site of the International Festival of Folk Costume, which gathers tens of thousands of people. Participants are required to wear an authentic folk costume and refrain from using modern technology for the duration of the event.