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Coat of arms of Troyan

Troyan (also spelled Troian, Bulgarian: Троян) is a town in central Bulgaria with population of about 30,000 and territory of 888,850 m². It is located 160km from Sofia. The nearest civilian airport is Gorna Oryahovitsa, 105 km away. The river of Beli Osam passes through the heart of the town.

Minko Akimov of Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria has been the town's mayor since 2007.



Troyan was named a town in 1868, when it developed as a craft center for the region. After the liberation it grows slowly. A spark in the town growth was the creation of a small water electrical plant and textile factories. In 1948, the town was connected to the railway Lovech – Levski – Svishtov. Later in time factories producing electrical motors, electrotechnical products, building machines, wool and furniture developed in the town.


The Troyan region is home to the cultural and historical site of the Troyan Monastery. August 15 is the day of the Monastery's Patron Saint, when thousands of people from the country gather to celebrate and see a unique icon of Mary. The icon is unique in that Mary has three hands made of silver. The origins of the icon are unknown but there are many stories, some of which involve miracles.

The town is famous for its traditional pottery, probably developed partly as a result of the qualities of the local clay soil. Pottery was a main source of income for the local craftsmen during the Bulgarian Renaissance age. Now handmade pottery items are sold as souvenirs to tourists. Fine examples of traditional pottery can be seen in the town's museum, across from the municipal building.

Also notable are the Nunki Complex and the St Paraskeva Church, both built in the first half of the 19th century.

The production of premium quality plum brandy (rakia) has become a part of the local culture. In connection with this, the town holds the annual Festival of the Plum in the autumn. Plum brandy from Troyan has gained national and international acclaim at major showcases.

The official day of Troyan is October 14, the day of the town's patron saint, St Petka Paraskeva.


The Troyan region is home to three National Reserves: Kozia Stena, Steneto and Severen Jendem, part of the larger Central Balkan National Park. The reserves are rich in interesting rock formations, waterfalls and wild life. Most of the interesting spots are tourist-accessible.


Troyan is the home of the large Actavis [1] generic pharmaceuticals plant as well as the light machinery factories Elma and Mashstroi[2]. Another major industry is the famous plum brandy (slivova rakia) production brewery Vinprom-Troyan.

Famous people

  • Ivan Hadzhiyski, psychologist
  • Prof. Dr. Nikola Shipkovenski, physician-neurology and psychiatry
  • Prof. Dr. Angel Balevski
  • Prof. Dr. Marko Semov, historian
  • Prof. Dr. Nayden Chakarov, teacher
  • Prof. Dr. Minko Mondeshki, physician
  • Minko Nikolov, literature critic
  • Dr. Tsanko Mondeshki, physician
  • Vassil Markov, journalist and tv presenter
  • Hristo Radevski, poet
  • Todor Shishmanov, musician
  • Sasho Dikov, journalist
  • Ania Pencheva, actress
  • Dimitar Ikonomov
  • Ganko Canov
  • Docho Bodzhakov, film director
  • Andrey Andreev, industrialist, philanthropist



  • Institute for Mountain Agriculture, part of the National Centre for Agricultural Sciences


Troyan Peak on Livingston Island in the South Shetland Islands, Antarctica is named after Troyan.


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Coordinates: 42°53′N 24°43′E / 42.883°N 24.717°E / 42.883; 24.717



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