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Tsarevets Fortress, Veliko Tarnovo

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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. Arrange to visit Tsarevets Fortress and other attractions in Veliko Tarnovo using our Veliko Tarnovo travel itinerary maker.
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  • Interesting monument with perfect city view. It was winter so there was almost nobody as it was cold, on the top you can buy drinks and snacks from a vending machine, also visit a small museum like a ...  more »
  • Good complex historito, with Byzantine occupation and later capital of the second Bulgarian Empire. Residence of the Patriarchate. It preserves good walls, buildings, and archaeological remains. Good views of the city. Only posters in Bulgarian, German and Romanian... a shame!
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  • A castle spread out over a mountain, but in the middle of the city! On top is a weirdly modern-old church, quite interesting. Bring water and snacks, because you can stay here easily for an extended w...  more »
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  • Lovely city, people speak English, great historical sightseeings and amazing nature. Must see if you are in Bulgaria. Also visit the nearby village of Arbanasi with cosy family hotels, UNESCO preserved chirche and lovely mountain scenary.
  • An imposing castle on a hill full of history and tourists. The church from the top has an interesting painting style that was made by a Bulgarian painter. The view is breathtaking
  • Amazing, 10/10. Gorgeous views from the castle grounds, and the town below is filled with many things to do, including getting a pint and some Sach
  • Nice view of the city from there. Cool walk in the remparts
  • Amazing place! Recommend!