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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  • Great place to walk, a beautiful panorama, the fortress is really well preserved, beautiful historical traces of Bulgarian heritage.
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  • It was like walking 8 centuries ago. If you have the chance to see it by night dont hesitate to see it.  more »
  • 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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  • One of the best castles in the whole world. The visit is an amazing trip in the past. Wonderful place for kids and adults. This castle combines entertainment and education in a perfect landscape. Also it shows the Bulgarian history through the history of the castle. The ticket price is low for this historical monument. I recommend it without thoughts.
  • Wow... where do I start. 1stly this entire place "was" basically a huge ruin until the 1970's when the main buildings, Cathederal, Castle and Baldwin tower, eh the main attractions, were "reconstructed". As you might imagine from a 1970's interpretation you would probably get more authenticity in Disneyland than here.... Add to that the fact there are no tour guides, about 5 information boards all in Bulgarian incidentally and the Audio App richly advertised for the place simply does not work and your basically just having a nice stroll in blissful ignorance... Oh, lot of maintenance material and scrap right across the hilltop to boot.. . On the positive side, the views are spectacular and the ruins are of huge historical interest, it's just that this whole site deserves sensitive respect and professionalism....
  • One historical place with a lot of legends. Tarnovo is the old capital of Bulgaria, and you can find all of the most typical traditional lifestyle everywhere around. I'm recommended to use guide to tell you all the legendary stories. To look forward in the old neighbourhood and old hoses. To try banitsa, mekitsi, and typical Bulgarian dishes.
  • A really beautiful and historic castle 12th century , if you like or want the history, that's is some side for no tell the most important about the historyabout Bulgaria, definitely I recommend! The time of the way is 2-3h for looking everything and enjoy the walk.
  • Wonderful historical place, very well preserved and thoughtfully restored. Excellent views and great historical artifacts that were a treat for the kids. Will definitely return!

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