• 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.

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    • 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.

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    • 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.

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    • 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.

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    • 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.

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    • 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.

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    • 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.

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    • Between Rila and Mount Athos

      Between Rila and Mount Athos

      The Boboshevo monastery St Dimitar was established during the First Bulgarian Empire near the modern town of the same name, some 70 kilometres southwest of Sofia. In the late 9th century and the early 10th century, following the adoption of Christianity as the nation's official religion, intensive construction of churches and monasteries across the country commenced. Clergymen and priests were trained there, liturgical books were translated and copied.

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    • Capital of fight for freedom

      Capital of fight for freedom

      Just 90 kilometres southeast of Sofia, at the foothills of Central Sredna Gora Mountains, lies the small and pretty town of Panagyurishte. It is best known as the centre of the April Uprising of 1876, which subsequently led to the formation of the modern Bulgarian State, as well as for the breathtaking Thracian golden treasure found in its vicinity.

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    • Oldest city in Europe

      Oldest city in Europe

      The archaeological complex Provadia - Solnitsata (Salt Pan), in northeastern Bulgaria, is in fact a prehistoric tell settlement, over which a Thracian tumulus, or burial mound, was built. The prehistoric settlement is considered to be Europe's earliest salt works and oldest fortified prehistoric city.

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