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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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  • The Tsarevets fortress is situated on a hill of the same name that is situated in a bend of the Yantra River. The river almost wraps itself around the hill. The climb to the fortress is not very steep...  more »
  • The finest works from the city of Veliko Tarnova makes this castle. Entrance fee but the price is appropriate. Early morning fog was to see us go, but when a great fog greeted us. Must be comfortable shoes to get to the Castle and photo must be pulled out, but it's worth it. In the fall I went and I loved it.
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  • 利克塔尔诺沃,是保加利亚的第二大城市。查雷维茨城堡,就在这座城市的查雷威茨山上。他依山而建,气势恢宏,属于战略要冲,天然屏障。曾是第一国王的宫殿,沿着城墙登上山顶,就是主教升天教堂。里面有现代艺术的壁画。走出教堂,放眼远眺,青山环抱,苍翠欲滴。小城风光尽收眼底。看着延绵的城墙,望着东、西堡隔河相望,这里真是个好地方! 
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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!