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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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  • Yantra River was built on the Hill Fort River Tsar Betz rugged topography using a clause-by-step one two gates of the Citadel tickets and to get in and out of the gates as well as look at the dog's legs below the endo stunned overlooking much of the Valley do. The Church of the assumption in hills Castle and old castles, and 8:00 p.m. en light and sound show (Light and sound show) will be heard the broadcast schedule Guide Awards turned out to be almost makes up for the hair well. Assumption church painting means seeing them slowly savoring and seemed to be in deep time.
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  • It is old big castle with many churches inside. All churches in Veliko Turnovo are twenty one, you can see a religion of the country by close. 
  • We visited after a snowy night, we bought tickets from the tourist centre. They had a little trouble understanding that we would like an English speaking guide but we got there in the end tickets were...  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!