Veliko Tarnovo City Breaks

Veliko Tarnovo - History, Art & Past Glory

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The capital of Mediaeval Bulgaria, Veliko Tarnovo, is one of the most picturesque historical settlements. Located on the hills above the meandering river Yantra, this city, once a glorious mediaeval capital (1186 – 1393), is now attracting thousands of romantic travellers with its irresistible atmosphere. Mixing the legends of the past  with bursting joy of hundreds of young students – this is Veliko Tarnovo today, the second most important University City after Sofia.

Start exploring the city with the Tzarevets Royal hill. A guide can tell you more than any of the thick books will. Then go to the Samovodska market place, with its narrow cobbled streets, where every stone tells a story. The neighbouring Arbanassi museum village is a genuine gallery of art. Apart from a gorgeous view over the city of Veliko Tarnovo, there are several musts here: the 15th century Church of the Nativity, the house of Konstantsaliev and the house of Hadzi Iliev are fortress-like stone buildings, excellent examples of the 18th century architecture at its height.

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