District of Montana
Montana District is located in Northwestern Bulgaria. It borders Romania to the north and Serbia to the Nortwest. More than 600 historical monuments of national and local importance are registered in Montana, most of them artefacts (prehistoric, antique, medieval), historical monuments or public buildings with specific architecture. If you are on a tour in the area, you must visit the fortress “Kastra ad Montanesium” (an archaeological site from the time of the Roman Empire), the Lapidarium (an archaeological exhibition of local culture from the 2nd and 3rd centuries), the Ethnographic Museum in the town Berkovitsa with its rich collection of traditional crafts – Berkovska ceramics and Chiprovtsi carpets, which are included in the UNESCO World Heritage. There are plenty of churches and several monasteries, which are among the oldest in the whole country. One of the most beautiful Bulgarian monasteries, the Klisura Monastery is located in the district. The National Cultural Heritage in the town of Montana is represented by the Theater, the regional library, the regional Museum of History, the traditional Mihailova house, the art gallery, the Kutlovitsa gallery and others. Many festivals and exhibitions are organized in the area. The marble cave in Berkovitsa, Zanozhene and Raiski waterfalls and the Vratsa Balkan Nature Park are some of the most outstanding natural landmarks of the district. The town of Varshets is probably the most popular tourist destination in the Montana region, which annually receives over 55% of the tourists in the area.