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The Covered Bridge, Lovech

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The Covered Bridge is, as the name suggests, a covered bridge in the town of Lovech, Bulgaria. The bridge crosses the Osam River, connecting the old (Varоsha) and new town parts of Lovech, being possibly the most recognisable symbol of the town. The bridge is unique and there are only 3 more in Europe - in Lucerne, Florence and Erfurt.After the bridge that then served the town was almost completely destroyed by a flood in 1872, the local police chief ordered the famous Bulgarian master builder Kolyu Ficheto to construct a new one. Ficheto personally chose the material for the wooden bridge. Each citizen of Lovech contributed to the building process, the poorer ones working themselves and the wealthier donating money and paying other workers. Building finished in 1874.The bridge was decorated by four sculpture figures, a lion, a two-headed eagle, female bust, and a stick with a mace. The lion figure can be found on the bridge today.The initial bridge had a length of 84 m and 6 vents and accommodated 64 shops. It was, however, wholly destroyed by fire on the night of 2 to 3 August 1925. A more modern bridge was constructed at its place in 1931 only to be replaced by a reconstruction of Kolyu Ficheto's design in 1981–82. The current bridge is 106 m long and has 14 shops, the architect being Zlatev.
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  • + great architecture +Beautiful view +Arts and crafts, traditional souvenirs + Coffee and sweets + Kid friendly - mind the working hours  more »
  • The Covered Bridge Lovech is my favourite place in the city. It is big and bautiful. There are many shops for souvenirs and pictures. My pics are taken on 25th of September 2011.  more »
  • It is a smaller and younger (19th century) equivalent of some famous covered bridge abroad. There are souvenir shops and a small café where you may seep you coffee and have a look at the river. The...  more »
  • Mostly artisan shops on both sides of the street. Some of the little shops just sell souvenirs that are mass-produced, but not too bad. Customer service is better in the shops of the artisans. Must see in Lovech.
  • Great place lovely little shops and great view of the river
  • Nice place, but not clean enough
  • Square next to the bridge has some awesome restaurants, very good coffee and cheap rakia!👍👍
  • Interesting bridge. It is full of tourist shops with handmade products and souvenirs.

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