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Architectural-Ethnographic Complex ETAR

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Address: Etara, Gabrovo 5300, Bulgaria
Phone Number: +359 66 801 830

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Very nice open air museum

Interesting place to visit, it's pretty much an open air museum. There are copies of water powered industrial tool which were used in Bulgaria. Also some craftman's shops where... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Astana, Kazakhstan
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Astana, Kazakhstan
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Interesting place to visit, it's pretty much an open air museum. There are copies of water powered industrial tool which were used in Bulgaria. Also some craftman's shops where they work behind a window and the process is visible first hand. Fur and Leather works, pottery shop, woodwork where traditional whistles and flutes are made. And a candy store, also... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Entering the village one has no idea how large it is and how the artisan working in each field has been selected for their gifts compared to other applicants. As a member of a Craft Guild myself I can appreciate that over the generations this is the sort of place which has ensured that artistic skills survive. Each artisan openly... More 

Thank Pam_B397
Jerusalem, Israel
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

We arrived at Etara around 4 pm. they charged us for parking, then entrance fee, promising us that the place is open till 7pm apart from the museum, that closes at 6. Yet from the minute we entered the complex, we noticed shopkeepers and other people there closing their shops and booths, some in front of our eyes, and going... More 

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Lompoc, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

The open air exhibit brings you back a couple of 100 years when everything was pretty much all done by hand. The quality of the craftsman ship is quite amazing. From silversmith to saddlery to pottery there is something interesting for everybody.

1 Thank radar60
Northampton, Massachusetts
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37 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

Visited today (a week-day in September) Although only about 1/2 of the living-history exhibits were open it was very interesting and beautiful and well worth the visit (we were there for about 1 hour and 15 minutes) Also, contrary to my expectations, the prices for crafts were less than in Veliko Turnovo.

1 Thank Melissa G
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016 via mobile

Probably, because there was international fair, it was really overcrowded. My previous visit there was 12 years ago and if I have to compare it with yesterday, now is to much commercialized. The staff is rude. Otherwise is interesting place giving impression about the manners and culture of the people's from XIX century from this area.

1 Thank Kiril B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

ETAR is a really cozy and lovely place. You can deep dive in local arts and traditions. You can see local craftsmen's masterpieces and eat burgarian banitsa cheese pie. You will love it, the river, the nature, be considerate and respect.

Thank Neli S
Belfast, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

my husband and i travelled here on our honeymoon and we have returned every year! its a beautiful place with so much to see, such a relaxing break and we love it! we will return this year again with our 3 children!

Thank SarahVasileva
Bexleyheath, United Kingdom
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85 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016 via mobile

We visited here with family, it was a stunning place to visit see all different types of buildings and crafts being done. Whilst we were there we also got to see someone getting married. Great place to visit, highly recommended

Thank Victoria S
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016

This place is so very quaint! It's such a picturesque string of pretty Bulgarian revival houses, set alongside a stream, surrounded by mountains, lush greenery and colourful flowers. It's an open-air museum designed to showcase Bulgarian customs, craftmanship and culture. You'll find loads of crafts to take home as mementos, most made on site throughout the day. They're definitely not... More 

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