Ade­li­na Loza­no­va (146)

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • In search of lost time

    In search of lost time

    In the middle of the 19th century Edirne stood out, among other Balkan urban settlements, as one of the towns with the largest Bulgarian population. Located in the heart of East Thrace, it was an important centre inhabited by Turks, Greeks, Bulgarians, Jews and many other ethnic groups. According to unofficial data, by 1860 the Bulgarian population amounted to more than 2,500 people, while over 40,000 others lived in the nearby villages which had churches, schools and nice houses. Today, almost nothing is left of this heritage.

  • Chariot ride through Europe

    Chariot ride through Europe

    A unique exhibition entitled A Chariot Ride through Europe was opened last week at the Interactive Museum located on the territory of the Abritus Archaeological Reserve in Razgrad, Norrtheast Bulgaria. Organised by the Regional Museum of History as part of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018, it presents unique and restored new finds from the East Royal Necropolis in the Sboryanovo Historical and Archaeological Reserve.