The interesting sights around us!
The Museum-house “Peyo Yavorov”
Art gallery “Nikola Manev”
Close to the born-house of Yavorov is situated the Art gallery “Nikola Manev”. A huge yard with tick boxwood is situated behind the painted facade of the house, built by a local Turkish bey a century and a half ago. “The house of the bey”, as it is called by the old local people is one of the most beautiful old Renaissance houses in the town.
In April 2000 the world-known person from Chirpan, the artist Nikola Manev buys and restores the house and fits it up with authors pictures. In September 2001 at one of the traditional fests of the gallery another Bulgarian and friend of Nikola Manev, Ilia Delev, gives 10 giant crystals as a present to the artist. They are brought from the river valley of the river Orinoco, Brazil. They are unique, because people could see them only in two places in Bulgaria: the museum “Earth and people” Sofia and here, in Chirpan.
Georgi Danchov – The Icon Painter
The church “St. Bogorodotsa”
The monastery “St. Atanasii”
This is a miraculous hole, inhabited by the Saint and his followers during the days of fasting, prayer and retirement, for health and prosperity. The monastery complex combines ancient Christian tradition with rare natural beauty, it offers wonderful conditions for cultural and eco tourism. An eco-path is to be created on the way from Chirpan to the monastery. “St. Athanasius” is the oldest monastery in Europe and is one of the cultural and historical landmarks in Bulgaria . Its uniqueness is complemented by local legends of healing water in the well of the convent associated with the foundation and patronage by St. Athanasius and of the hermitage in the rocks above the monastery – a miraculous hole inhabited by the saint and his followers in the days of fasting , prayer and solitude in which pilgrims pass for health and wellbeing. Patron saint of the monastery of St. Athanasius is 2 May.
The oldest tree in Bulgaria
Sredno Gradishte is a village situated 14-15 km north of Chirpan, after Spasovo. A new road from Chirpan leads to the village, opened in 2008. According to an old tradition in the village got married and lived the sister of the Bulgarian educator Paisij Rilski (Georgi Epitov Inelski).
The main objective of both his writings is to show the glorious past of the Bulgarian people, revealed by important events in which Bulgarians and their prominent leaders took part.
Above the village is the highest peak of Chirpan Heights, Mount Kitkata highs at 680 m. above sea level. The terrain is mountainous with oak forests and small tufts of hornbeam and linden, and also pine trees about 50 years old. Famous place near the village is the area called Brusovoto, where in early spring you can see whole meadows with flowering snowdrops. There are many abandoned quarries, and that is where the name The Plate village comes from. All the houses and fences are only of stone, carved and perfectly ordered. At the beginning of June is held yearly village fair.