Kazanluk is called "the town of
roses". The air here bears the fragrance of flowers. The vicinity of the
town has been turned into wonderful rich gardens where the world famous
roses for extracting rose oil are grown.
Kazanluk is well-known for its production of rose
oil, the importance of which is reflected in the Festival of Roses held in
early June. At a distance of 5km from the town there are
Nowadays the city is known also as the
centre of the Valley of the Thracian Kings. Once a significant area of
Thracian settlement, the vicinity of Kazanluk is spotted with countless
burial mounds and tombs. The most famous of the tombs, the Kazanluk Tomb, a
late 4th-early 3rd century BC domed burial chamber, lies just outside the
town centre and contains unique paintings. The Tomb is one of the 9 cultural
and historical sites in Bulgaria included in the UNESCO list of historical
and architectural monuments of global importance.
places of interest include the Church of the Assumption, the Iskra Museum,
the Ethnographic complex, and the Museum of the Rose Industry.
Museum of Roses founded in 1969 is unique of its kind in the world. It
explains the story and the technique of the production of the attar of
Kazanluk is located 200 km east of
Sofia and 108 km northeast of Plovdiv.
Here is the natural geographic center of Bulgaria - a crossing of the inner
and the international roads.
The first established settlement on the territory of Kazanluk dated back to
5th - 4th millenia BC. During the 6th - 5th centuries BC the Thracian city
Sevtopolis emerged. Now it's under the waters of the Koprinka dam (7 km from
the town). The rich Thracian civilization of the Tonzos (now Toundja river)
valley has left us more than 12 burial tombs.
The heir to the ancient city of Sevtopolis, the present-day town of Kazanluk
was established at the beginning of the 15th century. By the end of 19th
century Kazanluk became well-known with its production of rose oil, copper
processing and products and original textiles. All this can be seen at the