Tryavna is a funny place. You drive and drive and drive, you pass by some industrial area, then you come into a completely ordinary town. You have just started wondering whether you have gone in the wrong direction, because no house typical for the Bulgarian National Revival is to be seen anywhere, and suddenly, there it is, right in front of you – an arrow which says „Architectural park“. A notice containing a phrase like this is quite promising and gives you the confidence you need. And it does so for a reason – you see it best when you arrive at the Dyado Nikola square. Hats down.
The square is not just an architectural park, it is an architectural model of the Bulgarian National Revival.
The Gurbav Bridge, the Clock Tower, the craftsmen street, even the Slaveykov school, if it suits you – everything is there, authentic as it ever was and all overgrown with old vines.
The local people are smiling and a kind of wags – if you manage to get under their skin, they will tell you an interesting story or they will serve you some jam. The choice is yours. Just listen to the names of the neighbouring villages: Torbaluji, Hitrevtsi, Kreslyuvtsi, Tursiguzi, Purjigrah, Kurtipunia, etc., which are a funny mix of unusual Bulgarian words. The region of Gabrovo – this is all I can tell you about it.