For the fortune of Glojene, there are no clues since the time of the Romans, the barberian invasions, the settles of Slavs and Pre-Bulgarians or since the time of the First Bulgarian Kingdom. We can just guess whether the same inhabitants have continuously lived in this territory or if they where migrating whenever a political change occurred. However, there is irrefutable evidence that Glojene existed during the Second Bulgarian Kingdom (12th – 13th century).
According to a local legend the history of Glojene is connected with Georgi Gloj, a prince from Kiev and his coming to these lands in the early 13-th century. There are several versions of this legend, one of which asserts that prince Georgi has escaped from the Tartars and arrived to Glojene with his comrades. Later he received these lands as a gift from the Bulgarian ruler Ivan Asen II. This allegedly led to a decision to name the village after prince Goergi Gloj. The previous name of the village was "Chiren pazar". However



Asen Neighborhood
Azanitza Forest







second name Gloj (Glojenski) after comming to the village and the name "Glojene" comes from the old Bulgarian word for a strong wind (impaling wind), which the locals call "Churko" or from the great amound of hawthorns (Both words "impale" and "hawthorn" in Bulgarian sound very similar to the very name of the village). The impale-wind-theory is strongly supported by professor Vasil Mikov Vulov although the hawthorn-theory is also possible. In 1871 Vasil Levski founded in Glojene one of the largest revolutionary committees against the Ottoman rulers. After the robbery in passage called “Arabakonak” many members of this committee were arrested and send into exile in “Diarbekir” in Turkey. On the 8-th March many small surrounding villages like Zorenishki dol, Lozeto, Vurpei, Topilishte and Asen were integrated into Glojene.



there is another similar version to this legend, which says that prince Georgi Gloj offered his help to the ruler of the Bulgarian Kingdom Ivan Asen to bring down the usurper of the thrown - Boril. As an expression of his gratitude the king gifted the prince a place at the foot of Stara Planina Mountain, crossed by the river Vit.
It is known that the village existed some time before these events as a royal possession. It is no coincidence that there is a forest named “Azanitza” and a neighborhood called “Asen” referring to the king`s name. Some think that prince Georgi Gloj acquired his