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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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  • It is probably the most beautiful places in Bulgaria, very interesting and with a few beautiful passages, lovely walk is worth
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  • Beautiful medieval fortress, if you go to Veliko Tarnovo make sure to visit it, is a Bulgarian cultural heritage.
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  • Absolutely worth a visit, the fortress is breath taking and the view point from the fortress of Veliko Tarnovo is equally great. I would highly recommend visiting this place!  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!