• Gate to Mount Strandzha

      Gate to Mount Strandzha

      In the heart of Mount Strandzha lies the town of Malko Tarnovo, commonly known as the gate to Strandzha. The Thracian tribes Thyni and Asti first settled the area in the 1st millennium BC. The most fascinating relics - megalith complexes in which the mountain abounds - date back to that period.

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    • Cloister among sand pyramids

      Cloister among sand pyramids

      The Rozhen Monastery “Nativity of the Virgin Mary” is the largest cloister in the Pirin Mountain and one of several Medieval Bulgarian sanctuaries preserved in a relatively good condition to this day. It is situated 8km east of the country's smallest town, Melnik, not far from the picturesque sand pyramids of Melnik.

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    • The heart of Bulgaria's southwest

      The heart of Bulgaria's southwest

      Blagoevgrad is the biggest city in southwestern Bulgaria and the administrative centre of the Blagoevgrad region. It is located in the picturesque valley of the Struma River at the foot of the Rila Mountain. The region was inhabited as early as the Neolithic and several prehistoric settlements dating back to 6th-5th millennium BC were discovered in the city's close vicinity.

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    • Black Sea coast Apollo's city

      Black Sea coast Apollo's city

      Sozopol, the oldest town on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast is located 30 km southeast of Burgas, on a rocky peninsula shooting far out into the sea. The earliest settlement here appeared in the third millennium BC and was inhabited by the local Thracian tribe of the Skirimians. The story goes that Phoenician sailors frequented the bay, as they believed it was the best-sheltered harbour along the western Black Sea coast.

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    • Zaldapa fortress reveals its mysteries bit by bit

      Zaldapa fortress reveals its mysteries bit by bit

      The ancient fortified settlement of Zaldapa in Northeast Bulgaria is revealing its mysteries bit by bit. After the fortress was declared an archaeological monument of national importance a team of archaeologists from Canada, France and Bulgaria have recently made a yet another discovery at the site. In their words, the excavations have just started and the work to be done on the site can be planned for at least 100 years ahead.

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    • Emblem of Bulgaria's seaside capital

      Emblem of Bulgaria's seaside capital

      The Cathedral of the Assumption, standing as it does in the very centre of Varna, is an emblem of Bulgaria's seaside capital. The second largest after Sofia's Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, its copper domes shining like gold are visible from various points in the city. The church is the earliest memorial of the Russian soldiers and those killed in the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-78, which led to the Liberation of Bulgaria after almost five centuries of Ottoman rule.

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    • Fortress of glory

      Fortress of glory

      The Byzantine fortress popularly known as “Trayanovi Vrata” (Trajan's Gate) is located in a mountain pass of the same name in the mountain range of Sredna Gora, some 50km southeast of Sofia.

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