The 19th century church in Dryanovo
designed by Kolyu Ficheto
|• Mayor||Trifon Panchev (Трифон Панчев) (BSP)|
|Elevation||230 m (750 ft)|
|Time zone||UTC+2 (EET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+3 (EEST)|
|Area code(s)||(+359) 0676|
Dryanovo (Bulgarian: Дряново, [ˈdrʲanovo]) is a Bulgarian town situated at the northern foot of the Balkan Mountains in Gabrovo Province; amphitheatrically along the two banks of Dryanovo River, a tributary to the Yantra River. The town is a centre of the homonymous Dryanovo Municipality, which is composed of 62 villages, hamlets and huts picturesquely spread out of the mountain folds. As of 2015, it has a population of 7,968. In 2009, it was 8,043.
Dryanovo has a favourable geographical position, being situated 20 km away from Gabrovo, 24 km from Veliko Tarnovo, 17 km from Tryavna and about 30 km away from Sevlievo. The town lies on the Rousse-Veliko Tarnovo-Gabrovo-Shipka-Kazanlak-Stara Zagora highway and it is a station of the main railway thoroughfare, which links the north and the south part of Bulgaria.
Like all Balkan mountain settlements, Dryanovo reached its bloom at the time of the Bulgarian National Revival. In 1883 it was proclaimed a town. Masons and woodcarvers spread the fame of the town throughout Bulgaria and far away in the Ottoman Empire.
The oldest traces of life on Balkan Peninsula were discovered in the area, proofs of human presence from the Paleolithic were discovered in Bacho Kiro cave near Dryanovo monastery, situated in the Andaka river valley. Numerous relics of ancient villages, fortresses, pillars with inscriptions and ornaments from Thracian and Roman times (Boruna and Diskoduratera fortresses) were discovered there.
Dryanovo is sometimes referred to as "a town of centenarians" for the healthy climatic conditions prolonging people's life. The town is also known as the birthplace of the renowned architect Kolyu Ficheto.
- The Kolyu Ficheto Museum - the museum is located in the Eastern part of town, on Kolyu Ficheto square. Right next to its entrance, there is a large bronze statue made by Bulgarian artist Boris Gondov, which is dedicated to architect Kolyu Ficheto, or The Master as he was also popular. The museum hosts a permanent exposition named "Kolyu Ficheto - life and art", comprised by different documents and artifacts related to The Master: building plans, pictures from old archives and new ones, tools from the period when he was active, as well as some personal belongings among others.
- In the Dryanovo History Museum you can enjoy several expositions such as "Urban manners from the end of 19th and the beginning 20th century", which can be seen in the Lafchieva and Perevi historic buildings; "Icons and church carpentry from the Dryanovo region, from 17th to 19th century", located in the town's official art gallery; and "Archaeology and the National Revival", exposed in the Dryanovo monastery.
Twin towns — Sister cities
Dryanovo is twinned with:
- Bykhaw, Belarus
- Itamos, Greece
- Kavarna, Bulgaria
- Borgia, Italy
- Rocca Imperiale, Italy
- Bocholt, Belgium
- Radoviš, North Macedonia
- Ma'ale Adumim, Israeli settlement in the West Bank
- Dryanovo monastery
- Sokolsky monastery
- City of Gabrovo
- Gabrovo jokes
- Etar Architectural-Ethnographic Complex
- Village of Bozhentsi
- Winter Resort Uzana
- FC Lokomotiv Dryanovo
- (in Bulgarian) Info on grao.bg
- (in English) Bulgarian National Statistical Institute - Bulgarian towns in 2009 Archived November 13, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
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