Something for Everyone in Veliko Tarnovo & Arbanassi, Bulgaria
From 12th-century castles to 16th-century churches, the cities of Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanassi, Bulgaria are packed with medieval and historic architecture and sites. There is also plenty of dining and shopping to be done at the picturesque cafes, restaurants and shops!
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Top Things To Do and See in Veliko Turnovo, Bulgaria - Travel Bulgaria
Top Things To Do and See in Veliko Turnovo, Bulgaria - Travel Bulgaria
Veliko Turnovo - Unique Holiday Experience in Bulgaria
Veliko Turnovo is situated in central Bulgaria, at the foothills of the Balkan Mountains. It is spread over the historical hills of Tsarevets, Trapezitsa and Sveta Gora, towering over the wide curves of the Iantra river. The city is more than 7000 years old. Veliko Tarnovo impresses with its original renaissance architecture - antique houses, situated one above another, towers, splendid museums, and monasteries with icon-paintings that attract tourists from all over the world. Capital of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom, Turnovo offers some of the most abundant and important cultural and historic attractions in Bulgaria. It also offers lively modern night life and nature with great opportunities for sports and rest.
Veliko Tarnovo has a rich historical past. The first clues for life date back to the 3rd millennium b.c. The first inhabitants were the Thracians and their settlement existed until the end of the Bronze Age. The next inhabitants were the Byzantines. A big Slav settlement was situated here during the VIII a.c. The Old-Bulgarian settlement appeared during the IX c. and during the X c. the hills Tsarevets, Trapezitsa and Sveta Gora were already richly populated. The brothers Asen and Peter organized successfully a revolt against Byzantine rule in 1187 and declared Veliko Tarnovo the capital of Bulgaria. Turnovo became a well-fortified city and a significant political, administrative, economic and cultural center in Europe during the next 200 years. The contemporaries referred to it as the The Second Constantinople and The Third Rome.
The most important remnant of these times is the archaeological preserve Tsarevets, a restored fortress that surrounds the hill Tsarvets. One of the main attractions of the fortress is the Baldwin towers where the Latin Emperor Baldwin was captured and locked during the crusade in the early 1200's. The palace of the Bulgarian tsars was a self-contained fortress with the fabulous Throne Hall and the palace church St. Petka. The Bulgarian patriarchate was situated on the highest place within the fortress. In recent years, the fortress has received further acclaim with a Lights and Sound show - a program that combines sound and light effects to reproduce the history of the old Bulgarian capital.
Venturing beyond the fortress walls, one enters a historical preserved neighborhood with winding narrow cobblestones lined with craft shops, cafes, restaurants and boutique hotels. One can admire the numerous fully renovated Renaissance houses in a typical Bulgarian style, interspersed with ancient ruins and churches. The Gurko street and the ethnographic complex Samovodska Charshia reveal a great variety of Renaissance houses that seem to have landed on top of each other, with sheer views over the Iantra river. The Sarafkina house, built in 1861, is a particularly beautiful sample.
There is much to do around Veliko Turnovo as well including fourteen monasteries built during the Second Bulgarian Kingdom in XII - XIV c. Many of them were destroyed during the Ottoman rule and were renovated by the self-educated Bulgarian architect and builder Kolio Ficheto and wall-painted by Zohari Zograf during XIX c. One of the largest is the Preobrajenski monastery that was founded at the time of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom during XIII - XIV c. by queen Sara, wife of Tsar Ivan Alexander. It had an important role for the spiritual life of the capital. It is situated 6km from Veliko Tarnovo in a beautiful area with vertical rocks in the canyon-like gorge of the Iantra River.
Turnovo has much to offer for people interested in history and architecture but it is also a very vibrant, energetic town with long pedestrian areas, restaurants, shops, and cafes. It is a favorite destination for Bulgarians of all ages and interests as well as international tourists.
Curious? You can look through the following listing of hotels and B&B's: [ Turnovo Holidays. You will not be disappointed.
Stefan Valev writes regular columns about holiday destinations in Bulgaria.
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Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria / Top Things to See & Do.
This is short guide around Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria. Get the useful coordinates from this video, enter into your navigator, tab or mobile phone to reach Top Things to See & Do! If you want to go sightseeing around Veliko Tarnovo, watch this video before.
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0:00 entrance to the city # 1
1:06 entrance to the city # 2
1:57 Mother Bulgaria monument, Unicredit Bank cash machine
2:32 car excursion through center of the city
3:23 convenient hotel, with friendly staff and with parking inside, at the center
4:26 Assen monument and the old town’s Shtastliveca Restaurant is known for their extensive menu and upscale ambiance
4:47 tourist-friendly Gen. Gurko Street
5:14 Tsar Ivan Asen restaurant and entrance in 12th century Tsarevets Fortress, built into the colorful Veliko Tarnovo hillside
5:23 catch some amazing views over the city from Tsarevets’ Cathedral or walk along the picturesque walls of this amazing medieval stronghold
5:36 Palace of the Bulgarian Patriarchs
6:02 list of the Bulgarian Patriarchs from 1186 to 1394
6:53 night Veliko Tarnovo, with light and sound shows, put on weekly and loads of other attractions to explore, this central Bulgarian city is one of the country’s most memorable
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Belogradchik Fortress, one of the best attractions in Bulgaria
The Belogradchik Fortress and Vidin, Bulgaria, 2017
The Belogradchik Fortress is situated at a distance of 1.5 km from the town of Belgradchik among the renowned Belogradchik rocks.
The fortress has existed since Roman times. In 1st – 3rd century AD the Romans built roads in the new provinces of the empire on the Balkan peninsula, as well as fortresses to guard them.
The mission of the Belogradchik Fortress was to control the road from the town of Ratsiaria (near the today’s village of Archar in the region of Vidin). The Romans constructed the highest part of the fortress, called The Citadel.
There are remains of another fortress at a distance of a few meters from it – Latin Stronghold, which served as an assisting fortification.
Upon the separation of the Roman Empire in 395 the Balkan lands entered within the borders of Byzantium. In the end of 7th century the Belogradchik Fortress fell within the territory of the newly created Bulgarian state.
During the time of Tsar Ivan Sratsimir (1356 – 1396) the fortress was broadened and fortified. In 1396 the Ottomans conquered it and later reconstructed it. Garrison for protection of the west part of the empire and for oppression of the Bulgarians’ revolts was built.
In 1850, when the Belogradchik Uprising was routed, its leaders were taken away through one of the fortress tunnels and beheaded. On this place today raises a monument of their heroism. In 1885 during the war between Serbia and Bulgaria (1885) the fortress was last used as a military installation. It was declared an architectural and constructional monument in Issue 41 of the State Gazette of 1965.
The Belogradchik Fortress has three yards separated from one another, the total area of which reaches 10 210 square meters, and one fortification. Even nowadays embrasures (openings) for guns and three bastions and embrasures for cannons can be seen on the fortress walls.
The highest point of the fortress, called First Slab, reveals a beautiful view towards the Balkan.
The region is very popular among the tourists because of the beauty of the Belogradchik rocks and the multiple historical landmarks.
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World's Ugliest Hotel: Interhotel Veliko Tarnovo, VT, Bulgaria
Quite possibly the ugliest hotel in the world, the Interhotel was built in the early 80's during the Communist Era. The hotel has about 200 rooms. It is not expensive to stay here but is a low-rated hotel in on-line reviews. While conveniently located, the hotel is in bad condition on the outside. It could use more updating and upkeep. Many things are closed permanently or temporarily at the hotel. Decades ago before other hotels were in Veliko Tarnovo, this probably was a good hotel. Sadly it is not now.
9 goods reasons to visit Bulgaria
9 good reasons to visit Bulgaria:
1. The citadel of Veliko-Tarnovo
2. The Tryavna village
3. The old houses in Plovdiv
4. The streets of Sozopol
5. The park in Burgas
6. The churches of Nessebar
7. The beach in Varna
8. Balchik palace and gardens
9. The cliffs of cape Kaliakra
Sightseeing in Bulgaria: Zheravna
Amazing Bulgaria at Veliko Tarnovo
Bulgaria can be really surprising. For example, take the town of Veliko Tarnovo, is in northern part of the country, a place full of history, really full, and that is not all, any time you are here, breath taking views are one head-turn away. The city is build inside a canion-like landscape, where two rivers meet, in the shape of the letter Y. That adds even more beauty to the view. Great place, great people, good prices.
Veliko Târnovo, Bulgaria, 2015
My favorite city in Bulgaria, for now... A great place, full of history, nice old buildings and... great food!
Veliko Tarnovo (Велико Търново) Bulgaria