Pavel Banya - hot mineral springs and aroma of roses
Updated: Aug 30
Welcome to Pavel Banya!
Pavel Banya is a quiet, calm and green town, located on a land that has collected the majestic beauty of Bulgaria - nestled in the Rose Valley, between the ridges of the Balkans and the green centuries-old forests of the Schtinska Sredna Gora, by the numerous bends of Tundzha, where people have lived for millennia , toil and enjoy happiness and health, hot mineral springs and the inspiring aroma of oil-bearing roses!
Pavel Banya is a relatively new settlement, which arose after the Liberation of Bulgaria by settlers from the neighboring village of Turia.
This charming town owes its name to St. Paul the Apostle, as well as to the youngest son of Emperor Alexander II - Grand Duke Pavel Alexandrovich Romanov.
Pavel Banya received its city status on November 10, 1978.
As can be seen from the logo of the municipality, Pavel Banya flourishes thanks to the developing balneological tourism and the production and processing of essential oil crops (lavender, oil rose, salvia).
Since ancient times, the lands around the settlement have been used for healing, as evidenced by the unearthed remains of an ancient city, Roman baths and balneological facilities, and a large Christian church. To this day, many historical and archaeological sights such as Thracian temples and tombs, remains of Roman and Byzantine roads have been preserved.
Ten kilometers east of Pavel Banya, on the left bank of the Tonzos River (today Tunja), the great Thracian king Sevtos III built his capital Sevtopolis - the center of the Odris kingdom, the remains of which, unfortunately, currently lie under the waters of the "Koprinka" dam.
Pavel Banya owns thermal mineral waters of national importance.
In 1923, hot and cold baths were built.
The first balneological treatment facility was the resort polyclinic opened in 1951. In 1965, a spa resort was opened, and in 1983, a spa hotel complex.
Currently, Pavel Banya is classified as a balneological center of national importance and is a dynamically developing spa resort. Annually, between 20,000 and 30,000 tourists from the country and abroad rest here, who find the right combination of perfect treatment, well-deserved rest and restful rest.
There are a total of nine natural hydrothermal springs on the territory of the city, from which hot mineral water gushes with similar physical and chemical characteristics - with a temperature of 51 to 63 degrees Celsius and a total flow rate of about 950 liters per minute.
The resort is established as a medical and rehabilitation center for the treatment of degenerative and inflammatory orthopedic-traumatic diseases of the musculoskeletal system, damage to the central and peripheral nervous system (mono- and polyneuritis), rehabilitation of vertebral diseases (disc herniations), damage to the intervertebral discs disc, radiculopathy, spondiololisthesis, spondylarthrosis and others.
Patients also recover successfully after traumatic injuries, slow-healing bone fractures, as well as after surgical interventions on the spinal cord.
The result is also excellent in the treatment of inflammatory diseases of the peripheral nervous system (neuritis, plexitis, neuralgia), also in some chronic gynecological diseases.
A total of 11 pools with mineral water have been built in the city, of which 7 are closed and 4 are open.
Composition and characteristics of mineral water
The waters of the mineral springs of Pavel Banya are characterized as slightly mineralized, hypothermal, siliceous and fluorine with a slightly pronounced alkaline reaction (pH: 7.5 – 7.9).
The springs are radon (the content of radioactive gas radon requires the water to be used explicitly and only with a doctor's prescription) and two with non-radon waters, which contributes to individualization in the treatment of patients.
Total mineralization: 0.650 mg/l
pH: 7.5 – 7.9
Flow rate: 15.8 l/s
Temperature: up to 61°C
Mineralization: 0.62 g/l
Radon: 22.8 NC/l
Hydrogen sulfide: 0.7 mg/l
Vascular lesions of the brain (post-stroke conditions)
Cardiovascular diseases in decompensation
Pavel Banya is located in the heart of the Rose Valley.
In the early dawns, the pink blocks resound with the merry laughter of young and old, nursed by the scent of roses, who cannot miss the short period of the rosebush...
In the months of May and June, the air in the city is permeated with the scent of roses.
On the territory of the municipality, more than 5,000 acres of Bulgarian butter rose are grown.
Over 2,000 acres are planted with other essential oil crops – lavender, mint, anise.
There are nine operating rose gardens on the territory of the municipality. Two of them present the ancient methods of rose-making and are open to tourists.
The park of Pavel Banya has beautiful, calm, quiet and green alleys, along which you can take an invigorating excellent walk.
Breathe in the fresh air from the old trees around and who knows, you might meet some playful squirrels.
The monument to Tsanko Minkov Dechev - Komitata was erected in the park of Pavel Banya.
Tsanko Minkov Dechev is a Bulgarian revolutionary, a member of the Botevata Cheta.
He was born on October 1, 1856 in the village of Turia. He remains an orphan and grows up mute.
At the age of 19, in 1875, he went with his fellow villagers to Ghurbet, where he worked as a tiler. In the spring of 1876, he met Hristo Botev, who was gathering people for his band. Tsanko Minkov boards the ship "Radecki" from Gyurgevo. He participated in all the battles of the squad until its dispersal. In the battle of Milin kamak was wounded in the arm, which is why he remained crippled for the rest of his life. After the dispersal of the troupe, Tsanko Minkov fell into the group of Dimitar Ikonomov and Spas Sokolov. The surviving insurgents were captured near the village of Litakovo and taken to Orhanie (today's Botevgrad), and from there to the Sofia prison. On July 30, 1876, he was amnestied. Freed, Tsanko Minkov left for his village, but the rulers of Turia, in order to avoid trouble, did not leave him in the village. Later he settled in Pavel Banya. He was the last of all the Botev Chetniks to die, on October 5, 1944.
The carved elms
The withered elm was carved in 2003 on the occasion of the 125th anniversary of the creation of Pavel Banya. The work is a donation to the citizens of Pavel Ban by the graduate of the National Art Gallery - Ivan Bubev - author of hundreds of beautiful and unique wood carvings, among them are the images of the writer Chudomir and his brother Georgi, donated to the Pavel Ban community center. The iconostasis in the new church in the village of Viden is also his work.
Ivan Bubev - author of the emblem of Pavel Banya:
I know that wood carving has a certain life span, the wood rots and if special measures are not taken, the work will be irretrievably wasted.
Even when I was working on the elms, I knew that sooner or later they would have to be moved.
However, my wish is for them to be accessible to everyone, and not to delight the eyes of a select few!
How do you get to Pavel Banya?
Pavel Banya is a city in central southern Bulgaria, in the Stara Zagora region, and is close to the cities of Kalofer (25 kilometers and about 23 minutes by car) and Kazanlak (23 kilometers and about 24 minutes by car).
The city is the administrative center of the municipality of Pavel Banya.
To the east of Pavel Banya is the "Koprinka" dam.
The territory of the municipality is crossed by two important communication axes of the national transport infrastructure.
First-class road I-6 (Sofia - Burgas) passes in the west-east direction, and in the north-south direction - second-class road II-56 (Ruse - Plovdiv), which provide one of the shortest routes between Northern Bulgaria and the borders with Greece and Turkey.
The main railway line No. 3 (Sofia – Kazanlak – Karnobat – Varna) passes through the municipality.
Pavel Banya stands at:
222 kilometers (about 2 hours and 40 minutes by car) from the capital
90 kilometers (about 1 hour and 30 minutes by car) from the city of Plovdiv
314 kilometers (about 4 hours by car) from the city of Varna
212 kilometers (about 2 hours and 20 minutes by car) from the city of Burgas
What can be visited nearby?
3 kilometers east of Pavel Banya (about 5 minutes by car) you will find the village of Viden.
The proud ruins of the wonderful church "St. Anastasius" still stand near the village.
4 kilometers south of Pavel Banya (about 7 minutes by car) is the village of Turia.
Here you can see the birthplace of Chudomir.
On the square in front of Chudomir's house, you can see a monument to the Chetnik Tsanko Minkov Dechev, born in Turia Botev - Komitata.
In the village of Turia you can enjoy an authentic Roman bridge "Skoka".
At 8 kilometers from the village of Turia (about 9 minutes by car) you can enjoy the natural landmark "Hornbeam tree".
Quite close to "Hornbeam tree" you can see Kutela.
35 kilometers southwest of the city of Pavel Banya (about 44 minutes by car) you will find the village of Babek. "Babek" dam is located nearby, near which you can take a wonderful walk.
Just 10 kilometers north of the village of Babek (about 16 minutes by car) you will find the Svezhen Architectural and Historical Reserve.
In the village of Svezhen, you can visit the church "Holy Apostles Peter and Paul".
You can visit the ruins of the old church "St. George", near which the foundations have been discovered - the remains of cells plastered with mud plaster on the walls, which are supposed to have been inhabited by the scribes-calligraphers of the Adjarian literary school.
43 kilometers southwest of the city of Pavel Banya (about 51 minutes by car) is the city of Brezovo.
In Brezovo on a weekday, stop by the municipality to see the exhibition dedicated to Beethoven's best portraitist - Mincho Katsarov.
Another great Bulgarian artist - Zlatyo Boyadzhiev - is from Brezovo. His house in the town of Brezovo is open for visits and anyone can see it.
15 kilometers from the town of Brezovo (about 15 minutes by car) you will find the town of Rakovski.
In Rakovski, be sure to immerse yourself in the magic of Bulgarian folk tales by visiting the "Fairy Tale Forest" park.
Tales that the park will tell you:
An adapted playground is located nearby.
Only 23 kilometers from the city of Pavel Banya (about 24 minutes by car) is the city of Kazanlak.
In Kazanlak, you can visit the rose museum.
After viewing the museum's rich exposition, I suggest you take a relaxing walk through the wonderful alleys of Rosarium Park in the city of Kazanlak.
In the city of Kazanlak, I suggest you also visit the church "Saint Ilia", also known as the Kulenska church.
Only 5 kilometers south of the town of Kazanlak (about 8 minutes by car) is the village of Buzovgrad, from where the wonderful eco-trail adventure "Path through the Ages" begins.
You shouldn't miss it for anything in the world!
50 kilometers east of Kazanlak (about 40 minutes by car) you will find the "Zhrebchevo" dam.
The ruins of the sunken church "St. Ivan Rilski" still stand by the dam.
40 kilometers northwest of Pavel Banya (about 38 minutes by car) is the town of Karlovo.
In Karlovo, I recommend taking a walk to the Ethnographic Complex "Old Karlovo".
It includes five houses - monuments of culture with remarkable cultural value. These are:
Each of the houses gives rise to its own unique message, which directs the guest in different directions, provokes desires and memories in him, makes him dream.
The integrity of the architectural ensemble is unique and inimitable, and every visitor could feel that great revival spirit that still roams the narrow cobbled streets of "Old Karlovo".
Ethnographic complex "Old Karlovo" is site number 44b of the 100 national tourist sites.
In Karlovo, I recommend taking a walk to the beautiful Suchurum waterfall.
Only 5 kilometers west of the town of Karlovo (about 6 minutes by car) is the town of Sopot.
In Sopot, you must visit the "Ivan Vazov" house-museum.
In the city of Sopot, you can visit the charming Sopot waterfalls.
Only 11 kilometers south of the city of Karlovo (about 12 minutes by car) you will find the city of Banya - a source of health and beauty.
In the city of Banya, you can visit the Royal Palace.
And also to enjoy a charming bath walk while thousands of red roses bloom around.
12 kilometers east of Banya (about 18 minutes by car) is the charming Domlyan Reservoir, which is a great idea for a walk.
Uniquely beautiful rose bushes bloom in the village of Domlyan, which you can explore.
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