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Veliko Tarnovo

The town was founded in prehistoric times. In the 6th and 7th centuries the Slavs and other tribes destroyed the castle, which had been built up by the Romans and the Byzantines.

Between 1187 and 1393 it was the capital of the Second Bulgarian State - a typical feudal town that had quite an impact throughout the country in terms of economic and cultural development.
It was capital again, for a brief period of time, after the Liberation (1878).

The Tsarevets Hill is a virtually impregnable castle, where the Royal Palace, the Patriarchal Church and an abundance of small churches wrer erected through the past centuries. The walls were 12 meters tall.
Nowadays, the construction elements that form the castle's original outline has been restored.. The ruins of the churches, the workshops and the narrow streets will give you an idea about what was Tsarevets like so many centuries ago.


It is a picturesque small village with only about 70 residents situated near Gabrovo. It is a veritable museum - the houses have been preserved in the same condition they were 150-200 years ago during the period of the Bulgarian Renaissance.

Use the opportunity to take a stroll down the cobbled street to the two houses, converted to museums, with authentic interiors designed in the 18th and 19th centuries, respectively, for which, it seems, the clock had stopped ticking. Besides, there'is a church and an old wax-purification workshop. Of course, in the traditional taverns you can enjoy Bulgarian typical meals.

There are numerous places of interest in the vicinity of Bozhentsi (monasteries, a cave, an ethographic park, etc).


Arbanassi is a small village with no more than 500 residents, 4 km northeast of Veliko Turnovo. It is laced with a mixture of history, architecture and art. During the Ottoman rule it was exempt from the ruining taxes. This allowed its residents to dedicate themselves to craftsmanship and trade and, so, to live comfortably. The typical houses with massive wooden gates are still very well preserved together with their tall fences and spacious yards, full of greenness.

The outer appearance of these houses makes them look like castles with secret rooms where you could get in only through hidden entrances.

However, the interior designs is amazingly cosy - carved ceilings, built-in wardrobes, fireplaces, etc. of all the 80 preserved houses, 36 are national monuments of culture. There are five churches with beautiful wall paintings dating from past centuries, which are also national monuments.

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