Troyan is one of the most picturesque and beautiful town in Bulgaria, featuring an amazingly rich historical heritage. The town is situated in the northern part of the country, 160 km northeast of Sofia, 300 km west of Varna and 140 km north of Plovdiv. It stands on the two banks of the Beli Ossum River. The strategic location of the town is predetermined by the Troyan Pass, connecting Northern to Southern Bulgaria.

The first settlement there appeared in the beginning of 15 c., after Bulgaria fell under Ottoman oppression. The name of the town has derived from the name of the ancient Roman road called Via Trayana, cutting the Stara Planina Mountain and connecting Mizia to Thrace and the Aegean Sea. During the 1877-78 Russo-Turkish War of Liberation, Troyan got destroyed by the Turkish armies but later, after the Liberation, it was resurrected from its ruins to become the real heaven of nature we can see today.

The feast day of Troyan is celebrated on October 14, the Day of St. Petka, the patron saint of the town.

/Some of the photos are by photographer Desislava Hadjiyska/