Located at the foot of the Balkan, the complex includes a tourist house, known as the Mountain Hut, and the monument of the Harbinger of Freedom. The Hut is accessible by 463 stone steps starting at the centre of Vratsa. It was completed in 1926 thanks to the local population’s voluntary work. Adjacent to it is the Harbinger of Freedom monument, where each Sunday you can hear the sounds of a military horn, a reenactment of the signal the Russian soldier Petlak gave on 9th November 1877 to announce the liberation of Vratsa.
Founded in 1953, the museum is located in the town centre. Its building is among the few in Bulgaria especially designed to be a museum. It is part of the programme 100 National Tourist Sites.
Here you can discover much about the life of Thracians in the North-West of Bulgaria, the treasure of Rogozen and findings from the Mogilan Mound (Mogilanska Mogila).
The museum also features some special exhibitions such as:
● Vratsa and Region During the First and Second Bulgarian Empire
● Bulgaria During the National Revival on the participation in the first rebellions of the church independence movement.
● Botev and his Troop
● Ethnographic Complex Saint Sophronius of Vratsa
Set up between 1972 and 1987 in the town centre, the complex, part of the Vratsa History Museum, includes three houses in the traditional National Revival style and the Ascension School, near the temple Saint Sophronius Bishop of Vratsa.
The complex features the lifestyle, crafts and culture of the local population between the end of the 19th and the middle of the 20th century. The temple has an important collection of icons, some of which by the famous painters Zahari Zograf and Dimitar Zograf and the masters of the school of Debar.
In the house of Dimitraki Hadzhitoshev, one of the town’s most well-to-do people at the time, you can see the interior of a sumptuous urban house from the 19th century. The Child’s World exhibition is hosted in the Grigoriya Naydenov’s house. The house of Ivan Zambin presents the crafts typical for this region: goldsmithery, winegrowing and wine making, sericulture and natural silk manufacturing. On display in the yard are agricultural tools from 18th and 19th century, and in an annex you can take a look at some traditional means of transportation produced in Vratsa.
In the school’s exhibition areas you can find traditional clothes, music instruments and other elements of lifestyle.