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Centuries-old tree Chernitsa na Levski

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The “Levski’s Mulberry” is an ancient tree belonging to the Morus alba species, also known as White Mulberry. Designated as a protected species, this tree holds the distinction of being the oldest in the capital city. Located a hundred steps east of the Central Sofia Bath, at 2 Iskar St. in Sofia, it is a historic chernica that bears great symbolic significance related to the Bulgarian national hero Vasil Levski.

According to legend, this mulberry tree stood near the inn of Hadji Mano, a supporter of Bulgaria’s freedom and a comrade of Levski. The story goes that Levski himself tied his horse to this very mulberry tree when he visited Sofia. The historical connection is supported by notes written by Vasil Levski, mentioning his stay at the Manovia Khan inn. The age of the tree is a subject of debate, with estimates ranging from 220 years to over 600 years. Despite varying opinions on its age, the “Levski’s Mulberry” remains a living testament to Bulgaria’s history and its struggle for freedom.

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