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Rozovo Village

As the name suggests, the thing that is abundant here is roses. Rozovo is situated to the south of Kazanlak, in the southern parts of the Kazanlak Rose Valley. This is one of the richest in tourist resources villages which the local residents have developed in an interesting way. They offer attractions such as "The Rose Spectacle" during the rose-picking season in May and June where one can see the unique "veiling of a rose bush" ritual performed only in Rozovo. Other entertainment includes hunting and an attraction for the children where the little ones get to know nature, its rhythm and wonders as well as a unique spectacle, based on the traditions and their ancient symbols.

History or Legend

The first settlers in Rozovo were the Thracians and the territory of todays village was part of the Odryssian Kingdom (IV-II century BC). Later (I - IV .), the Romans became the rulers of the region; at 4 km away to the west of Rozovo one can still find the ruins of an ancient Roman fortress called "Buzovo Kale". The first written records about the village date back to the Ottoman rule. According to Turkish documents from the XV century, the village was called Orozluru. The governor was Uruz Bey who had a big mansion there, with Bulgarians as servants. With the expansion of the mansion, the number of Bulgarian families grew as well and soon a new neighbourhood called Uruz Bey came to exist. In 1880, the so called kirdjalii (bandits) swept through the region, killing and plundering mercilessly. But as they had great respect for Uruz Bey, the territory of Kazanlak was protected. This made many people move to Kazanlak and soon the neighbourhood became a village.

Two legends try to explain the name of the village. According to the first one, two family clans escaped to Kazanlak because of the death of a Turkish girl - the Oroz family (the roosters) and the Ashik family (the singers). The family of Oroz settled on the territory of todays village of Rozovo and gave it its name - Orozluru, while the Ashik family settled on the territory of todays village of Kunchevo and the village inherited their name - Ashiklin.

The second legend explains the name of the village that comes from its founder - Uruz Bey (Orozluru). By 1910 the village was renamed to Rozovo and that name emblematizes the main means of livelihood for the residents of the village - the rose-oil production.

Rozovos Rose Gardens

The rose fields between Rozovo and Kunchevo seem endless. They warmly welcome the rose-pickers in May and June as well as the guests and visitors of "The Rose Spectacle" which is part of the programme of the unique ethno-path, organised by Rozovos hosts.

Craftsmen

Information about all those who create with their hands, investing their heart, was gathered by the JOCV volunteer Ms. Natsune Hayashi (or Nadya, as she is called in Bulgarian with love). Traditional crafts such as knitting and pottery are well-preserved in Rozovo. The products created bear the sense of Rozovos residents for beauty and harmony, transforming them into works of art.

Boiled Banitsa (Pastry)

This is a dish unique not only for the Kazanlak region but also for Bulgaria. If you are already in Kazanlak, do not hesitate to stop by and taste this banitsa which you cannot find anywhere else. For the vegetarians, the fasting and the Muslims, please be aware that the banitsas preparation involves pork fat.

Rozovo is a starting point for:

  • mountain path to the Thracian cult monument "The Megalith", passing by the "Buzovo Kale" Fortress and picture-taking near the step of the mythic folklore hero Krali Marko;
  • outings in the foot of Sredna Gora Mountain;
  • visits to rose fields and participation in the rose-picking.

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