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The Saint Archangel Michael Church in Kilifarevo
The Saint Archangel Michael Church in Kilifarevo
Kilifarevo is located in Bulgaria
Location of Kilifarevo
Country Bulgaria
Veliko Tarnovo
 • Mayor Stefan Harizanov (BSP)
Elevation 303 m (994 ft)
Population (2005-09-13)
 • Total 2,532
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal Code 5050
Area code(s) 06114
License plate BT

Kilifarevo (}

}}: Килифарево) is a small town in central northern Bulgaria, administratively part of Veliko Tarnovo Municipality, Veliko Tarnovo Province. Previously a village, it was proclaimed a town in 1973.

Ruins and remains are proof of the presence of civilization in the neighbouring area since the times of the Thracians. A fortress which guarded a pass through the Balkan Mountains existed nearby during the Roman Empire. During the Second Bulgarian Empire and more precisely the rule of Ivan Alexander (1331–1371), Kilifarevo was a centre of literary activity and the site of Theodosius of Tarnovo's school and monastery which actively promoted the spiritual practice of hesychasm.

Upon Bulgaria's conquest by the Velchova zavera (Велчова завера), an unsuccessful uprising against the Ottomans, in 1835.

Kilifarevo has a cultural centre (chitalishte), founded in 1884 and called Napredak ("Progress"), and a museum of local history, which occupies an old house. There are two Eastern Orthodox churches, St Archangel Michael and Dormition of the Mother of God.

Kilifarevo Island in Aitcho Islands in the South Shetland Islands, Antarctica is named after Kilifarevo.[1]



  1. ^ Composite Gazetteer of Antarctica: Kilifarevo Island.

External links

  • Website on the history of Kilifarevo (Bulgarian)
  • Kilifarevo Monastery at (Bulgarian) (English)
  • Kilifarevo Monastery at (Bulgarian) (English)
  • Kilifarevo (Bulgarian)

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