Veliko Tarnovo Bulgaria Travel Guide

Veliko Tarnovo Bulgaria Travel Guide
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Veliko Tarnovo Bulgaria Travel Guide

Veliko Tarnovo Bugaria is in the north central part of the country on the Yantra River. Veliko was the strongest Bulgarian fortification of the Middle Ages and the most important political, economic, cultural and religious centre of the empire.

The fortified castle and grounds can still be explored and the evening light show is pretty good.

Veliko Tarnovo is set in a gorge with houses and buildings dotted along the river. It is a pretty spot and a great place to stop if your are Turkey bound.

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Things To See & Do In Veliko Tarnovo Bulgaria

Tsarevets Fortress

Tsarevets Fortress 

This impress structure was the Bulgarian stronghold and seat of the Tsar’s. Perched high on the hill the defensive fortress has the remains of the Royal Palace, houses, churches, and even a be-heading block called Execution rock. The fortress has impressive views to the surrounding hills of Sveta Gora, Momina Krepost and Trapezitsa, The evening light show is quite spectacular and well worth viewing

Archaeological Museum

Archaeological Museum

Showcasing medieval artefacts and treasure from the towns past.  The Archaeological Museum gives visitors a glimpse into the past of what was once a great city. It is here you can find the oldest pieces of gold in the world, unique golden treasure from the Neolithic age. Also on show are a large collection of earthenware and pottery in Bulgaria, dating from the time of the Romans, as well as, golden and silver jewellery and coins, painted ceramics from Veliko Tarnovo, original murals and icons, tools, and bone objects. In the stone garden called Lapidarian there are architectural details, statues and arises from the Roman age. The same building is also the premise of the Town library, which is one of the richest books libraries in Bulgaria

Asens Monument

Asens Monument

A stunning landmark that can be seen from all over town the Asens Monument was erected to celebrate the 800th anniversary of Tarnovo becoming the capital of the second Bulgarian state (1185-1393). The monument is of the four Bulgarian Tsars Asen, Peter, Kaloyan and Ivan Assen on horseback and commemorates their achievement in turning Veliko Turnovo into the great city it once was

Holy Maytrs Church

Holy Maytrs Church

The church was commissioned by Bulgarian Tsar Ivan Asen II in honour of his victory near Klokotnitsa over the Despotate of Epirus in 1230. The battle took place on the the day of the feast of Holy Forty Martyrs of Sebaste hence the name. In later years the church became the home of a royal monastery or Great Lavra. During reconstructions, side galleries and a monumental narthex were added, and big necropolis emerged around the church. The Holy Forty Martys Church was damaged by an earthquake in 1913 much of the church has been restored

Samovodska Charshia

Samovodska Charshia

The ancient town market and in medieval times the economic centre of the town. This is now a pleasant part of the old town to wander around

The Hadji Nikoli

The Hadji Nikoli was built in 1858 for Hadji Nikoli – a famous Tarnovo tradesman who took an active part in the struggle for an independent Bulgarian Orthodox Church. The architect and builder of the Hadji Nikoli Inn was the master Kolyo Ficheto who created a magnificent stunning building in the Bulgarian Renaissance style

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