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Gabrovo

Gabrovo is a charming mountain city, situated in the exact geographical center of Bulgaria. Being only 220km away from the present capital of Bullgaria, Sofia, and  45 km away from the former  historical capital, the city of Veliko Tarnovo, it is a capital itself -  the so called "Capital of Humour and Satire". Every year an annual carnival with international participants is held here. The city used to be called "The Bulgarian Manchester" as well due to its busy industrial life in the past. Gabrovo is also known as the longest city in Bulgaria, stretching over 25 km along the Yantra river.
 
The strategic location of the city defines its significance as a transport junction.One of the most important road links passes through Gabrovo and it crosses Bulgaria from north to south. It is a part of trans-European transport corridor № 9 (Helsinki - St. Petersburg - Kiev - Bucharest - Ruse - Veliko Tarnovo - Gabrovo - Stara Zagora - Dimitrovgrad with diversions to Greece and Turkey). 

 But not only.
 
Due to its clean mountain air, historical and ethnographical complexes Gabrovo has become an attractive tourist centre. The surrounding area is considered to be one of the most ecologically clean regions in Bulgaria. Some of the best hunting trophies such as bear, red deer and mouflon can be found in the game reserves.
 
There are some places of interest of national and international importance in proximity to the city:

Etura is a fascinating open-air architectural and ethnographic complex, well preserved in the ages to  witness for the Bulgarian Renaissance atmosphere. The picturesque village charms not only with the breath-taking natural scenery but with the amazing architectural design of the houses and the old workshops, which are as preserved and as lively as in the past. The visitors may see in a real time how the craftsmen work in an authentic environment using only their hands and basic tools.They may taste traditional Bulgarian dishes or mouth-watering sweets and drink prepared on sand Turkish coffee.

The House of Humour and Satire is an exposition of traditional local humour art, including cartoons, photographs, paintings, sculptures, and verbal humour. The House combines features of a museum and an art gallery. The city of Gabrovo is also known as an international capital of humour and satire. Its motto is "The world lasts because it laughs".

The first Bulgarian secular school, the Aprilov National High Shcool, was founded in Gabrovo in 1835.