Kotel Museum Town
The town of Kotel is situated in a small valley in one of the passes of the Balkan Range linking North and South Bulgaria.
Kotel's National Revival period houses are of the "wooden type" seen frequently in the Eastern Balkan Range. The difference was that in Kotel they were higher - up to 3-4 storeys, and that the ground floors were used as housing shops and workshops, rather than as the usual household premises. The originally open verandah is lost in later times, making the houses akin to closed urban homes with spacious central salons and a wealth of decorative elements. The preserved architectural examples provide a good idea of the town's former appearance - just a look at the Kyorpeev House, now an Ethnographic Museum, the Koshichkov, Pisomov, Burnev, Bairumov or Karaivanov houses, the old water mill or the inn, will be enough. The yards are dappled with geraniums and carnations. The locals still weave their famous Kotel carpets, and many of their children study at the town's secondary music school for national instruments and folk singing.