Kotel was an important economic and cultural centre in Bulgaria during
the Renaissance. It is located in a picturesque hollow in the eastern parts of
the Stara Planina Mountains. The town was founded in the 14th century by inhabitants
of a nearby fortresses, demolished by the Ottoman Turks. It was named after the
largest spring in the vicinity. During the 17th and 18th centuries Kotel became
a rich craft centre.
Today, the town is a famous resort with a many old-style houses, dating
back to the Renaissance. Here you can visit the ethnographic museum, the
Georgi S. Rakovskis mausoleum and the museum of the distinguished
local figures, who lived at the time of the Bulgarian national revival.