Sightseeing

  • Kovachevsko kale. It is located 6 km west of the town Popovo and 4 km east of Kovachevets, next to the road to Veliko Tarnovo. It is assumed that the fortress was Road station between the old Roman city Nikopolis ad Istrum (near. Nikyup, Veliko Tarnovo) and Marcianopolis ( today’s Devnya). The fortress wall was probably built in the first half of the IV century around an older Thracian settlement and during the Roman era it acquired more urban look. Among the most interesting finds are a marble altar table, two bronze lamps, fibulae, appliques, amulets, bricks with stamps, coins, including gold objects from bone and horn etc.
  • Early Byzantine fortress near Dolna Kabda (Lower Kabda). Dolna Kabda is located in а valley formed of a low, but steep hills, 10 km east of Popovo. Of steep height, located about two kilometers east of the village are found remains of an ancient fortress. The remains of the fortress walls have been preserved in the form of high embankments that surround an area of 20-25 acres.
  • Ancient fortress Dolets.
  • Architectural monuments of the National Revival are the churches in the villages Palamartsa, Voditza, Zaraevo, Sadina, Lomtsi and Konak.
  • Monuments of places of battles during the Russo-Turkish War in Svetlen, Zaraevo and Posabina.
  • Historical Museum – Popovo – It stores monuments of culture in the region, among which stand out prehistoric cult sculpture, a small Roman bronze sculpture, marble votive reliefs, Renaissance icons, relics of the old city life, as well as objects related to economic, political, educational and cultural life in the city, works of prominent Bulgarian artists and local artists. In a separate building is an ethnographic exhibition Culture of rural and urban population from the late 19th to mid-20th century.
  • Belomorski Ethnographic Museum in Svetlen.
  • Kapanski Ethnographic Museum in Sadina.
  • Churches in Popovo – National Revival church St. Archangel Michael, Church Assumption of Virgin.
  • For fans of trips to historical landmarks, around 90 km away is located the historical and archaeological reserve Sboryanovo between the villages Malyk Porovets and Sveshtari, There are the Sveshtari Thracian royal tomb, the tomb Demir Baba, fortified Thracian city sanctuary Kamen Rid and settlement Byuven kasaba. Also, about 30 km around are the archaeological reserve “Abritus” near Razgrad and Early Byzantine and Medieval fortress Misionis near Targovishte.

Marchino village

Marchino village is located about 18 km southeast of Popovo, on 218 m. above sea level, staying away from the main road. It is situated in a valley along the Cherni Lom river in a hilly area. Roads connect it with Popovo and villages Dolna Kabda, Konak and Aprilovo. Almost in all directions the village is surrounded by old beech and elm trees. Very impressive is the majestic beech forest Kainlaka located on the northern slope above the village. There are several smaller or larger lakes around. The Dermenka river passes through Marchino. In the village there are still preserved old houses with interesting architecture.

According to the legend, in ancient times the village was called Belica and was located in the current lower end of Marchino. When the Ottomans conquered Bulgaria and came to the village, its inhabitants left it and moved to the town of Byala, where they gave the name of their old village. Later on, Turkish village was called Kyuchuk Belica and Kyuchuk Enidje after time happened only Kyuchuk ( “small”), as it was very small and consisted of only a few houses. In 1934 the village was renamed Marchino, because its location in a valley cause the sun to set earlier and earlier to dusk (in vernacular marchina).