In the 19th Century the people living in this town in the Stara Planina had a peculiar source of local pride - unrelated to their bustling industry or the intricate woodcarvings and icons produced by local artists.
Its source was their clock tower. Built in 1814, it was the highest man-made structure in the town and was measuring the time with impeccable accuracy.
Today, the tower is still the focal point of local pride. Thanks to the efforts of a local man, it still works as it had been doing for almost two centuries.
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70 years ago, on 10 March 1943, Bulgaria's pro-Nazi government decided to defy Berlin and halt the deportation of Bulgaria's 50.000 Jews. This was down to the actions of one man - Dimitar Peshev. Just two years later he faced Communist justice and found himself on trial for his life. His niece Kaluda Kiradjieva remembers