Zheravna emerged between the 12th and 14th century and grew to become a cultural and handicraft centre in the 18th century.As the local population came to wealth, the architectural appearance of the village was shaped by one – or two-storey wooden houses surrounded by stone walls and cobblestone alleys.

Once this place was an old tracian village called Potuka.There are several versions for the origin of the name of the village.One is that it comes from the bird crane (in Bulgarian ‘zherav’).Another one is that it comes from ‘zherna’,’zherka’-words with old Slavic root meaning ‘watermill’.There are many mills in the area.

There were crafts,livestock and trade developers here.The village prospered in the 17th century because it was on the main road to the old capital Tarnovo.

Zheravna is an easy location to travel to ,situated 32km from Petolachkata Junction on the road from Sofia to Burgas.

Each year Zheravna is visited by about 20 000 tourists.The village is a heritage site .Today there are nearly 200 houses registered as monuments of culture.People come to Zheravna to travel back in time,inhale fresh mountain air, sleep in a traditional house and enjoy local cuzine-most of the guest houses spoil their guests with home made, traditional dishes-made in a clay oven with home pruduced vegetables, meat and fruits very often hand picked in the local forest.There is a traditional festival of national constumes held every Summer-it lasts up to 3 days and people wear traditional old folklore costumes, masks or uniforms,dance traditional dances called ‘horo’ and ‘rachenitca’, and sleep under the stars near an open fire.

One of the most impressive and beautiful sight seeings is The Saint Nicholas Church which was built in 1834.Today the church is adorned with a rich collection of icons,stone sculptures and church plates.The icons are dated from the second half of the 18th and the early 19th centure.Other interesting sight seeings are the Chorbadzhi Rusi’s house and the native house of the famous Bulgarian writer Yordan Yovkov born in 1880, the art gallery occupying the old class school as well as the museum house of the educator Sava Filaretov.

The rooms of the houses have carved ceilings and exquisite decoration on the doors,windows and iconostaces(a wall of icons and religious paintings).Today, the old school is turned into a gallery, and a lot fountains and old mills are preserved.There were schools of carving in the town.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this virtual trip to one of my favorite places and if you have any questions or need more information about visiting,please don’t hesitate to drop me an email at trulynaturalphotography@yahoo.com

Love :Nadia x

Zheravna-a journey back in time.Part 1

Zheravna is a little Bulgarian village tucked in the heart of Stara Planina mountain-with around 300 houses and over 500 people population, an architectural reserve, it holds a very special place in my heart.I will take you on a short journey (in few parts)through some of its cobbled streets on a hot Summer day.I hope you enjoy it :0)


Entering the village is always somehow emotional-one can instinctively feel that there is a lot to be found in this small piece of paradise on earth.

If you are coming to visit I strongly recommend Summer time when the grass smells fresh, the mountain is welcoming and green and all nature sings happy songs:0)

The village is an architectural reserve-nothing has changed since few hundred years ago-you walk on same cobbled streets under the roofs of oak timbered houses …as if time has stopped

I absolutely admire the way all buildings are incorporated in the surrounding natural environment-as if they are part of it.The attention to detail, craftsmanship and passion with which every stone is placed on its own place creates such a pleasant feeling.

The smile on my face says it all :0)))
..to be continued

Weekend Escape To Hurstpierpoint,West Sussex

A beautiful house in Hurstpierpoint

Last weekend me and my partner Ivan decided to visit a little town close by to where we live and to sink into its atmosphere.I have passed through it on the bus to Brighton and have imagined walking on its streets and photographing the interesting architecture.So the time to make this happening has come :0)

The village is called Hurstpierpoint and it is located in West Sussex.It is within easy reach from A23 and also there is regular bus service to Brighton stopping there.

A house on the main street of Hurstpierpoint

The village is chiefly one long street running east and west and most of the buildings in it are of the 18th century or later.

Unfortunately on Sunday most of the shops and coffee shops were closed ,so avoid this day of the week if you would like to have abroader choice of locals.Anyway I could not resist photographing the interior of this coffee shop thorugh the windon,because of the sign which made me laugh.Have a good look at it and try to read what it says ;so true these days when most of the people use their smart phones to talk to each other:0)

A Sunday vsit to the quircky village in West Sussex called Hurstpierpoint.Photos of local architecture and a restaurant.
‘No we don’t have wi-fi-talk to each other’

If you know me you would have noticed that I love photographing doors (I know many people who actually do ).Here are couple that have captured my attention while visiting Hurstpierpoint.

Travelling during a cold day has got its advantages-we always look for a nice,cosy ,local pub or restaurant with fireplace.TheNew Inn was our choice in Hurstpierpoint,where I enjoyed a lovely pot of tea with a hosemade bread pudding in custard close to the warm fireplace :0)

Our walk then continued on the main street and I enjoyed capturing few more beautiful houses’ facades …

Interesting facades of houses in Hurstpierpoint

We are are usually in search of far away places thinking they will be different and more interesting ,but apparently there are hidden gems just a short drive from our walk.We just need to be more specific of what we are looking for nd keep our mind open :0)