• Balik Dere fortress reveals its secrets

      Balik Dere fortress reveals its secrets

      The remains of a fortress called Balik Dere are hidden in a high hill in the middle of the Eastern Rhodope Mountains. Until recently, it jealously kept its secrets. Due to the efforts of archaeologists in recent decades, it gradually began to reveal them.

    • Mosaics paradise

      Mosaics paradise

      One more archaeological gem was opened to the public in Plovdiv, the Bulgarian city which was a European Capital of Culture in 2019. The site in question is the Great Basilica located almost in the very city centre. Although the church was discovered long ago, its restoration and exposition became possible only during the last years. The mosaics are the most valuable remains of the ancient site.

    • Monastery amidst sanatorium

      Monastery amidst sanatorium

      The Assumption of the Holy Mother Monastery in Iskrets was part of the ring of monasteries around the Bulgarian capital, called Sofia Mala Sveta Gora (Sofia's Small Holy Mountain). It lies just two kilometres east of the village of Iskrets and around 53 kilometres north of Sofia. Nestled in the folds of the Balkan Mountain Range, it is situated at the foot of a peak called Gradishte, where once there was a fortress. A major road passed through this place - from Sofia to Vratsa, which was probably one of the reasons for the monastery to be built here.

    • Fortress of  Michael  the Warrior

      Fortress of Michael the Warrior

      Powerful fortification walls rise over the southern foothills of the Balkan Mountain Range near ​​the village of Anevo, close to the town of Sopot. Known as Anevsko Kale, this fortress perches on a stone hill with a height of 958 metres. It is among the best preserved strongholds from the period of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom. The place itself has remained almost intact due to the extremely difficult approach to it.

    • Village of faith

      Village of faith

      Nestled in a hilly area at the foot of Mount Pogled, near the Struma River, the village of Vukovo in the Kyustendil region used to be a thriving, well developed spiritual centre. The name is thought to have been derived from “vakavo” - a church place. Evidence of that are the numerous Christian temples in the area, some of which are rather well conserved.

    • Bulgaria's Manchester

      Bulgaria's Manchester

      The town of Gabrovo is situated at the northern foothills of central Stara Planina Mountain, in the valley of the Yantra River. The city is notable for its beautiful nature, National Revival spirit and unique architecture as well as modern museums and galleries. But one of the biggest attractions the town prides itself for is the Balkan region's one-of-a-kind Interactive Museum of Industry, which was opened in 2014.

    • Rebel's cloister

      Rebel's cloister

      In the heart of the plain situated east of the town of Asenovgrad, in southern Bulgaria, is the location of the Monastery St Nedelya, better known as the Arapovski Monastery. It was established in 1856 near the healing holy spring outside the village of Zlatovrah, which was once named Arapovo. This is the only entirely new Bulgarian cloister built during the Ottoman rule, as it was not a restoration of a previous one.

    • At the dawn of early Christianity

      At the dawn of early Christianity

      One of the southernmost Bulgarian towns, Sandanski is popular beyond the borders of Bulgaria as a spa resort. What is far less known is its rich and significant archaeological and historical heritage. Authorities in Sandanski only recently started promoting it, mainly thanks to the construction of the ancient complex surrounding the so-called Episcopal Basilica that dates back to the 5th-6th centuries, a project funded with EU money.

    • Standing guard to the capital

      Standing guard to the capital

      Situated about 30 kilometres south of Rousse, the medieval fortified city of Cherven is part of the Rusenski Lom Nature Park. Cherven's predecessor was a Byzantine stronghold built around the 5th-6th centuries in an area that was first settled by Thracians. Cherven was one of the biggest administrative, military, economic, religious and cultural centres of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom between the 12th and the 14th centuries.

    • City of military museums

      City of military museums

      The city of Pleven, often called “city of military museums”, is situated in the heart of the Danubian plain in northern Bulgaria. Many landmarks are located here, including St George the Conqueror Chapel Mausoleum, Skobelev Park Museum, Panorama of Pleven Epic - 1877, Museum-house Liberator Tsar Alexander II and others.