When you pass through the ancient lands of present-day Bulgaria and reach the most direct passage between the northern and southern parts of the country, you have reached the town of Tvarditsa. It certainly means a great and unforgettable walk in the countryside.
The Tvarditsa Pass with the Tverdishka meanders along the valley of the Tvardishka River is a unique area that extends along the northern slopes of Sredna Gora. Bearing and preserving its name from its very existence, which dates from around the 2nd century BC, the city has for centuries borne the same name originating from the Gradishte Fortress, one of the many fortresses built in the case of protection since the 4th-6th centuries. and an important part of the Balkan Mountains defense system in the Middle Ages during the battles of Tsar Ivaylo with Byzantium. "Fortress" means "stronghold" - Hardwood.
When you walk around the area you will come to the Zhrebchevo Dam. Besides the indescribable beauty of the fourth largest water basin in Bulgaria, perhaps in its northern part you will be impressed by a small, old building, which is almost completely submerged in the still cool and colorful spring, and at the end of the hot summer, in an unforgettable view.
This is the small church "St. Ivan Rilski ”of the already depopulated village of Zapalnya, around which the Bulgarian has today resurrected the view, with the pasture and cattle of the few other surrounding villages. Unforgettable views, captured through the lens of photographer Vladimir Stanev, show you the beauty of the Under the Balkans and the historical nuances of the Bulgarian lands.
The Zhrebchevo Dam and the temple reminding people of worldview and belief in the good are a great place to relax under the stars, and after a morning fishing, the starting point for your further journey.