Tsarevets Fortress, Veliko Tarnovo

Explore the archaeological site of a medieval town at Tsarevets Fortress. The fortress served as the Second Bulgarian Empire's strongest bulwark from 1185 to 1393, housing the royal and patriarchal palaces. It includes the remains of more than 400 houses, at least 22 churches, four monasteries, craftspeople's workshops, gates, and towers. You can see the foundations of the royal palace from which 22 successive kings ruled Bulgaria. View the city from the front steps of the Patriarch's Complex, then stop by the execution rock, from which traitors were pushed into the Yantra River. You also can visit a modern reconstruction of the medieval tower where Latin Emperor Baldwin I of Constantinople met his death as a Bulgarian prisoner. Ask about guided tours. Before you visit Veliko Tarnovo, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.
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  • They picked a great spot for their fort. Walking around the fortress, and imagining it in it's prime, it's easy to see how they held it for 400 years. Also, great views all around as you walk the ruin...  more »
  • Tsarevets Fortress is the best place you can visit during your stay in Veliko Tarnovo. It is definitely worth a visit. There are special discounts for families (family ticket for 6BGN). It is a great ...  more »
  • The fortress is located in the old part of the city. It was restored until 1981. It represents the capital of the second empire / bulgaro-vlah / led by the Asan.Aici family dominates the height of the...  more »
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  • A place worth a much longer visit than my 1.5 h. Full of history, but also a place where you can simply enjoy the views. I didn't have time to explore the entire hill, not to mention every nook and cranny, but I managed to spend 10 minutes in the old patriarchal church, now converted into a museum. You would need at least two hours there.
  • Amazing palace and beautiful church ⛪ the view from the church’s roof is spectacular 😍😍 u can see all Veliko Tărnovo. We went during August and it was a little bit cold with some rain from time to time. Overall I highly recommend this place and visiting Veliko is a must it’s an amazing village.
  • Excellent historical place. A must see for all history fans, especially for those interested in Bulgarian History. A great and interesting place for a nice walk with the family, too.
  • This fortress is amazing. I am a fan of medieval cities and I liked this one really much. I have to say that is huge and it takes maybe two hours to walk and see the whole place. I've been there on a cloudy day, but I'm sure the view from there is awesome. The church is also a must see, with some amazing paintings inside. The only thing you should be aware of is that you have to buy the tickets from the outside, near the first restaurant on the street.
  • Must go place for everyone coming to Veliko Tarnovo. Entrance fee is 6 levi for adult. Stunning views of the surroundings. The fortress is full of history. If possible, everyone should spend more time to enjoy here.
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