• City of coal

      City of coal

      The city of Pernik, situated in western Bulgaria, is known as “the city of black gold” because the local people, their livelihood, and the very development of this industrial centre, have been closely connected with coal mining ever since 1891 when the Mines and Quarries Act was adopted. It was then that the first colliery called Old Mines started working at the Kulata site. The first mining buildings were constructed around it.

    • Monastery of miracles

      Monastery of miracles

      Some nine kilometres northeast of Varna is where the “St. Constantine and St. Helen” Monastery is located in the popular resort of the same name. There are no reliable historical sources indicating as to when the cloister was established. The earliest written records of its history date back to the 19th century and can be found in the book Letters from Bulgaria, by renowned Russian traveller Viktor Teplyakov, published in Moscow in 1832. Legends have it that a monastic brotherhood inhabited the region as early as the 14th century.

    • Ancient and eternal

      Ancient and eternal

      In 2019, two emblematic cities - Bulgaria's Plovdiv and Italy's Matera - will become European capitals of culture. Selected several years ago as the Bulgarian candidate for such a capital, Plovdiv is among the few European cities which can boast both long and continuous history.

    • A bit of history in the heart of Dobrudzha

      A bit of history in the heart of Dobrudzha

      At the heart of the present-day town of Dobrich, where the Odun Carsi market once stood, lies the Old Dobrich ethnographic museum. The architectural and ethnographic compound is an open-air museum created in the 1980s so that people can immerse themselves in the atmosphere of the past and get close to traditional crafts from the National Revival period (late 18th-19th century) from the northeastern Bulgaria's region of Dobrudzha.

    • Stronghold of faith for centuries

      Stronghold of faith for centuries

      The cloister of Chiprovtsi, dedicated to St. John of Rila, is a significant centre of Bulgarian spiritual life and national enlightenment. The monastery was founded in the 10th century at the foot of the Western Balkan range, close to the town of Chiprovtsi - famous for its beautiful carpets and skilful goldsmiths. During its long history, the monastery has been razed and reconstructed multiple times.

    • Bulgarian kings' favourite palace

      Bulgarian kings' favourite palace

      Just 10 kilometres southeast of downtown Sofia, amidst lavish gardens abounding in rare plants, is located the homestead of Vrana - the favourite palace of Bulgarian kings of the Third Bulgarian Kingdom. After decades of oblivion and out of the public's sight, the palace was reopened to visitors after extensive restoration works.

    • Fortress by the sea shore

      Fortress by the sea shore

      On a steep-sloped peninsula, not far from the popular Black Sea resort of Sozopol, lie the remnants of Chrisosotiros, an antique fortress which archaeologists of the National Historical Museum have been studying in recent years. Now it is slowly revealing its secrets.

    • Squeezing through for fertility

      Squeezing through for fertility

      Some 80km to the southwest of Sofia, at the southern foot of Konyavska Mountain close to the village of Lilyach, there is a unique rock sanctuary which the locals call 'Proviralkyata' (translated roughly as 'squeeze-through tunnel'). A cult place where fertility rituals were performed as early as the Stone and Bronze Ages, it was later inherited as a sacred territory by local Thracian tribes.

    • Warlord's monastery

      Warlord's monastery

      The Belashtitsa monastery of St. George the Victorious is located at the northern foot of the Rhodope Mountains, near the village of the same name and just 12km to the south of Plovdiv. Although not very big, cuddled in a scenic forest above the village, the monastery is especially beautiful and cosy.

    • Thracian princess final resting place

      Thracian princess final resting place

      The Mezek Thracian beehive tomb is situated near the southeastern Bulgarian village of the same name, not far from the place where the country's borders with Greece and Turkey meet. It is one of the largest Thracian tombs of the Mycenaean type in Bulgaria. Dating back to the 4th-3rd century BC, it has been preserved almost completely in its original state.