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Kotel is a cozy mountain town 75 km from Sliven. It is called the "Cradle of the Bulgarian Revival" because some of the biggest Bulgarian heroes, revolutionaries and educators were born here who actively fought for the freedom and development of the Bulgarian people and Bulgarian culture and language. Sophronius of Vratsa, Dr. Petar Beron, Neophyte Bozveli, Georgi Rakovski, Georgi Mamarchev and so on. Paisius of Hilendar stayed at the local church school of Plovdiv and Sophronius of Vratsa rewrote "Slav-Bulgarian History" for the first time there. Kotel was burned three times and each time it was "resurrected" thanks to the fighting spirit of its inhabitants. The exhibition of "Kotel Revival Men" and the Pantheon of Georgi Sava Rakovski may be seen in the Kotel History Museum where the first copy of the "Slav-Bulgarian History" is kept, as well as the first editions of the "Primer with Various Instructions", a collection of weapons, icons, books and other belongings. The exhibition of Kotel Revival Manners is located in the house of Kyorpeev containing a collection of hand-woven carpets, tools and household appliances from a Kotel family in the 19th century. The visitors may see the original Kotel carpets and woven tapestries in the Galatan School. One of the richest museums in Bulgaria - Natural History Museum in Kotel is among the 100 National Tourists Sites, too. About 30 000 exhibits are stored in its fund from the Eastern Balkans. The Church of St. Peter and Paul is in the town, too, where Sophronius of Vratsa served. There are also natural attractions and protected areas in the region of Kotel that attract the tourists and nature lovers. The Zlosten Karst Complex is separated to preserve an ancient beech forest, caves, karst formations, and historical sites. The Chatalkaya Rock Phenomenon is interesting with its numerous and deep caves some of which are the Ledenika, Rakovski, Maglivata Peshtera, etc. The mountain water forms beautiful waterfalls one of which is the Sinya Vir. It is declared a natural landmark. A marked tourist route has been made that takes the tourists to the Waterfalls of Medvenska and Skokovete. There are two reserves in the region, too: Kersenlika where fir grows that is more than 110 years and the Orlitsata containing forests of beech, rare birds of prey and many caves. Kotel is also a convenient starting point for visiting the picturesque Zheravna with its 200 and 300 years old authentic houses. Those willing to enjoy the revival spirit and Balkan beauty of the town may stay both at family hotels in Kotel, guest houses and private rooms, the latter offering lower room rates. The houses and hotels in Zheravna are a good alternative, too.
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