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Krun Village

The village is situated in the outskirts of the Balkan Mountain, to the north of Kazanlak, on the way to the Shipka Pass. The Pass has always been a strategic point for the Bulgarians in different periods of time and a key between the southern and northern parts not only of Bulgaria but also of the entire Balkan Peninsula. Its importance was well-understood by the medieval ruler Eltimir who built his fortress nearby. The conquest of the fortress turned out to have decisive significance for the Ottoman Turks at the time of their invasion. The Ottoman Empire also recognised the importance of its strategic location and subsequently converted the population there into Islam in order to exert stronger control over the Pass.

History or Legend

The history of the settlements to the north of Kazanlak was tumultuous, resembling an epic film plot. Prior to the conquest of Bulgaria by the Ottomans, on the territory of todays Krun a big fortress with many inhabitants existed - the fortress of Prince Eltimir, a medieval Bulgarian ruler. It was the end of the XIV century. The Turks were gathered on the other side of the Balkan Mountain in need of a strategic base from which to invade the southern lands of Bulgaria. Their target was the fortress of Eltimir. The Turks besieged the fortress for months but the inhabitants had enough food and water from a mountain spring and refused to surrender. In order to force them to capitulate, the Turks blocked the spring. The inhabitants of the fortress were thus threatened by a terrible death. The wise men of the settlement gathered together and decided: "At night, right before dawn when there is little light in the sky, before the moon has risen, we will open the iron gates slightly and let the oldest woman go out and fetch water from the closest spring." The Turks, however, found out about this plan and decided to use trickery: shortly before dawn they put candles on the horns of a flock of goats and guided them northwards. The candles were so many that from the fortress it seemed that the sunrise was coming. The weary people enclosed in the fortress opened the gates slightly and the old woman quietly sneaked out with big buckets in her hands. The Turks seized the opportunity and pushed in, pouring into the fortress where a real bloodbath ensued

In their desperation and fear not to fall victims in the hands of the ferocious enemies, two pretty young girls decided to throw themselves from the fortress down in the precipice where the river was roaring. So that neither one of them would get scared at the last minute and decide to go back, they tied their braids together, closed their eyes before jumping and just as they were about to leap into the abyss they froze into stone, petrified forever. Even until today at this place there are two big stones, resembling female figures - a silent testimony to the tragedy of the fortress whose ruins still remain at the "Kaleto" locality.

Tombs

Near Krun is situated one of the most famous newly discovered Thracian tombs. In a very close proximity to the village is the unique tomb "Krun 2" (the tomb is currently closed for restoration).

Exposition of Miniatures

A unique exposition of miniatures of houses and people, hand-made by the original master from Krun, Mityo Minev, is displayed at the Krun Community Centre. For forty years Dyado Mityo created his miniature dolls and buildings through which he represented for the future generations the lifestyle and history of the Bulgarians from the end of the XIX and the beginning of the century.

"Nashentsi" Male Choir

The unique male singing amateur group for folklore authentic songs, typical for the Kazanlak region, has been travelling all over the world, popularizing Kazanlak as a place that keeps its old traditions.

Lifestyle and Traditions

Homemade goats cheese
Muslim slippers
Tapestries
Woodcarving
Smith
Crochet knitwear
Bagpiper

The Garden of Peace

Every guest has the opportunity to plant a tree and for this he or she would receive a special certificate. Each year the guest should return to check and enjoy the planted tree.

Krun is a starting point for:

  • the tombs in the Valley of the Thracian Kings;
  • mountain paths up to the Buzludzha Peak and trekking over the peak to the northern slopes of the Balkan Mountain;
  • outings in the meadows of the Krunska River with a visit to the cliff formation "Mechetata" (The Bears).

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