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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  • August 17, 2017
    Great place to walk, a beautiful panorama, the fortress is really well preserved, beautiful historical traces of Bulgarian heritage.
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  • August 16, 2017
    It was like walking 8 centuries ago. If you have the chance to see it by night dont hesitate to see it.  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    Nice to visit fortress. The ticket cost 6 cam. Close to the village. It is a pitty that they rebuild the church that is in the top, but the view from there is amazing. Strong thing to visit in Veliko. The ticket costs 6 leva / €3 aprox. It's a shame that has been rebuilt in a modern way the Church which is at the top. The views from there are worth
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  • June 11, 2017
    One of the best fortifications I've seen in Europe. Recommend to go early in the morning to avoid the masses. Also, DO NOT forget to see the light show at night. I believe it starts at 8pm. 6 Lev entrance fee
  • June 21, 2017
    A really nice place to get away and have some space from the town traffic . Take plenty of water , great views takes approx 2hrs to go around and see the church at the top. Think it was about £2.50 each to go in dogs allowed.
  • July 1, 2017
    Very beautiful place. Full of history. You don't want to miss it.
  • April 28, 2017
    The Tsarevets fortress in Veliko Tarnovo is a great place to visit. The night light and sound show is also interesting to see. This historic place is well maintained and it worth a visit. The view from the top is great.
  • January 22, 2017
    Great historical place with many things to see:walls, ruins if building, tower church - all from the mighty history of Bulgaria. The views from here are breath taking. The night lighting show it's something you must visit... Absolutely amazing!

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