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Etar Ethnographic Village Museum

A watermill at the Etara Museum
A watermill at the Etara Museum

The Etura architectural and ethnographic complex - the unique in South-eastern Europe open-air museum, is situated 8 km away from Gabrovo.

Master-craftsmen fashion beautiful gold, silver, copper, leather and wooden articles right before your eyes from early morning until late in the night. The waft of freshly baked bread drifts across from an old bakery and a tiny coffee shop serves steaming sweet Turkish coffee cooked in a copper pot. Pastry cooks offer delicious home-made cookies and cakes. And around this - lovely old houses, flowers on the window sills, small shops with wooden shutters and gas lanterns on the street corners.

One of the more appealing attractions in central Bulgaria is this delightful museum. First opened in 1964, the open-air exhibition contains nearly 50 shops and workshops. The village is designed in a style typical of the Bulgarian national revival period (18th and 19th centuries) and is spread over seven hectares (17 acres) of grass and trees.

Tel.: (+359) 066 801 838 (info)
May-Oct: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Nov-Apr: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

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