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The Saint Archangel Michael Church in Kilifarevo
The Saint Archangel Michael Church in Kilifarevo
Kilifarevo is located in Bulgaria
Location of Kilifarevo
Coordinates: 42°59′N 25°38′E / 42.983°N 25.633°E / 42.983; 25.633Coordinates: 42°59′N 25°38′E / 42.983°N 25.633°E / 42.983; 25.633
Veliko Tarnovo
 • MayorDimitar Sabev
303 m (994 ft)
 • Total2,532
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)
Postal Code
Area code(s)06114
License plateBT

Kilifarevo (Bulgarian: Килифарево [kiliˈfarɛvo]) is a small town in central northern Bulgaria, administratively part of Veliko Tarnovo Municipality, Veliko Tarnovo Province. Previously a village, it was proclaimed a town in 1973.


Ruins and remains are proof of the presence of civilization in the neighbouring area since the times of the Thracians. A fortress which guarded a pass through the Balkan Mountains existed nearby during the Roman Empire. During the Second Bulgarian Empire and more precisely the rule of Ivan Alexander (1331–1371), Kilifarevo was a centre of literary activity and the site of Theodosius of Tarnovo's school and monastery, founded in 1350, which actively promoted the spiritual practice of hesychasm.[1]

Upon Bulgaria's conquest by the Ottoman Empire, the monastery was besieged, captured and razed by the invading Ottomans. It was later reconstructed and still exists today. During the Ottoman rule, Kilifarevo was the birthplace of Velcho Atanasov the Glazier, who organized the Velchova zavera (Велчова завера), an unsuccessful uprising against the Ottomans, in 1835.

Kilifarevo has a cultural centre (chitalishte), founded in 1884 and called Napredak ("Progress"), and a museum of local history, which occupies an old house. There are two Eastern Orthodox churches, St Archangel Michael and Dormition of the Mother of God.


Kilifarevo Island in Aitcho Islands in the South Shetland Islands, Antarctica is named after Kilifarevo.[2]



  1. ^ Speake, Graham (2018). A history of the Athonite Commonwealth : the spiritual and cultural diaspora of Mount Athos. New York. ISBN 978-1-108-34922-2. OCLC 1041501028.
  2. ^ Composite Gazetteer of Antarctica: Kilifarevo Island.

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