Southwestern Bulgaria houses the town of Vratsa. It is situated 100 km away from Sofia and is hidden in the folds of Stara Planina Mountain. Historic evidence shows that the region has its inhabitants since ancient times. Vratsa turned into a major regional settlement and a craftmen’s town. Its name came from the Slavic word vratitsa, meaning a small door. The shape of the pass leading to the town produced the name. The pass is narrow and long, resembling a door. During the Ottoman reign over the region, Vratsa acted as an important...
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