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Gallery in Karlovo

Buhalov Han

It's worth peeping inside this beautifully preserved white and navy building, a throwback to Bulgaria's Revival, now filled with handicrafts and locally made jewellery. Yes, they hope you'll buy a trinket or two, bu…
Museum in Karlovo

Vasil Levski Museum

This 18th-century house is the childhood home of Bulgaria's handsomest revolutionary hero, Vasil Levski. Rooms around a pleasant cobblestoned courtyard contain exhibits about the life of Bulgaria's 'freedom apostle'…
Museum in Karlovo

History Museum

Arrowheads and other finds from Roman times are displayed at this two-floor regional museum, alongside agrarian implements such as tremendous urns used to infuse rose water. English-language explanation is limited, …
Cafe in Karlovo

Opium

During the day, languish on the outdoor floral sofas, cappuccino in hand; at night, grab a neon-coloured cocktail during one of Opium's themed nights or DJ sets. Check its Facebook page for events.
Church in Karlovo

Sveta Bogoroditsa Church

Powder-blue Sveta Bogoroditsa Church features magnificent exterior frescoes of Vasil Levski surrounded by holy company, and intricate wooden iconostases within.
Bulgarian in Karlovo

Restaurant Dionisi

Over near pl Sveti Nikolai, Restaurant Dionisi does hearty, home-cooked fare, including a range of meat and veg soups.
Mosque in Karlovo

Kursum Mosque

At the northern end of ul Vasil Levski, a small park contains the disused and closed Kursum Mosque, built in 1485 during the Ottoman occupation.
Church in Karlovo

Sveti Nikola Church

Facing the History Museum, the pale-pink bell tower of Sveti Nikola Church (1847) is a landmark for Karlovo's old town.