The Municipality of Karlovo is located in a semi-mountainous area in the Rose Valley,
In the northern most part of Plovdiv District. Karlovo is 140 km to the east of Sofia, the Bulgarian capital, and 56 km to the north of the second biggest city in Bulgaria, Plovdiv.
In the past Karlovo was a leading centre of craft production, braid weaving and rose distillery. It was called the factory town on account of the numerous furrieries and foundries.
Karlovo was famous for the taste and skill of its artisans – qualities, which have made it a modern town with developed industry and eventful cultural life, that it is today.
History of Karlovo
Karlovo’s remote past is not well explored – only a few stories and legends have been preserved. Today’s town is a relatively new one. It originated on the banks of Stara Reka River right after the Ottoman invasion in Bulgaria, as an administrative centre of the local Turkish Feudal lords.
The village was named Karlovo after the local Turkish feudal lord. The beginning of the 19th century was for Karlovo a time of rapid economic boom, cultural uplift and revolutionary ardour. Hundreds of clockworks and watermills were working near the Stara Reka River. Rich merchants bought the production of the skillful master coppersmiths, goldsmiths, tailors and leather-workers and traded with Egypt, Albania, Romania, and Austria.
Karlovo became a big and bustling village with a well-formed centre, town clock and pleasant houses.
Things to do in Karlovo
Karlovo is a modern town, combining the modern with invaluable cultural and historical heritage and traditions and natural landmarks. It still has the traditional old charm, cobbled streets, with many churches and houses preserved to maintain Karlovo’s architectural and historic past.
The national museum of Vasil Levski is situated in the central region of the town of Karlovo. The museum complex includes the native house of Vasil Levski, a memorial chapel “Vsyah Svetih Bolgarskih” (All Saints of Bulgaria), Chardaklieva House, a museum exposition and the monument of Gina Kuncheva – the mother of Levski.