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Kocherinovo (pop. 2362) is a town in Southwest Bulgaria, part of Kyustendil Province.
The town is the administrative center of Kocherinovo Municipality, which lies in the southern part of Kyustendil Province. The settlement was founded in the 18th century. The first school in Kocherinovo was established in 1864 and the first community center "Probuda" opened in 1919. Kocherinovo became town in 1974. In the 1930s, the famous Bulgarian poet Nikola Vaptsarov worked in the now defunct paper factory near Kocherinovo as a stoker and mechanic. After operating for nearly 100 years the factory was closed in 1989 and stripped down from its equipment. At the “Treti Mart” central square you will find several restaurants, cafés, grocery stores, pharmacy, ATM, bank, post office and a souvenir shop.
Everything in the town is within walking distance.
If you have time visit the church to light a candle for good health and prosperity.
Visit the private museum for old cars and memorabilia where for years the owner (nicknamed Billy) has been collecting old cars, motorcycles, signs, radios, TV sets and virtually every old memorabilia he got his hands on. Usually it is open every day (sometimes closed on Sundays) from 9 to 17. Free of charge, but you are welcome to leave a donation. Directions: Take the road to Rila Monastery and before passing the Kocherinovo end-of-town sign look for a red fence on your left side.
The yearly fair of the town is organized on 21 September. Usually lasts for two days, and as everything else, takes place on the central square. It includes dance and music performances, attractions, fireworks and etc.
Free Wi-Fi is provided by the Municipality at the vicinity of the central square.