first historical data regarding the settlement in
the region of Botevgrad dates back to the 1st-3rd
century. Traces of Roman and Thraecian artifacts
suggest a Greek past, which, until now, remained
a great mystery. During medieval centuries, a settlement
arose with the name “Zelin” which was found 3 km
south of the present day location of the city.
The last stronghold of the 2nd Bulgarian kingdom
was found not far from Botevgrad-“Stronghold Urvitch”,
in which the only preserved medieval Bulgarian inscription
devoted to the last battle of the czar Ivan Shishman
during the 2nd half of the 8th century, the settlement
of Zelin declined and the people migrated towards
the valley where they established another settlement
called Samyndjieto. And on 3/23/1866, an announcement
was made and an administrative settlement for the
district was created with the new name of Orhanie.
the liberation, the city increased and from 12/1/1934,
the city was renamed to Botevgrad in respect to
the revolutionary poet Hristo Botev.