• A village of 'blue bloods'

      A village of 'blue bloods'

      In the folds of Sarnena Sredna Gora mountain, not far from the geographical centre of Bulgaria and only 60 kilometres to the north of Plovdiv, there is a small village dating back to the National Revival period, which has a tell-tale name - Svezhen (derived from “svezh” - Bulgarian for “fresh”). The village has this name because even in the scorching heat of summer the air here remains fresh and pleasant for breathing. Until 1934, the settlement was called Adzhar (from a Turkish word meaning “robust”).

    • Inherited from the Romans

      Inherited from the Romans

      Storgozia is a late-antique and early-Byzantine fortress and settlement. Today, its remnants can be seen in the present-day Kailaka park in the city of Pleven, northern Bulgaria. According to historical data, the ancient settlement had its origin as a roadside station along Via Trajana and was most probably built on the site of an old Thracian settlement. A garrison of the 1st Italic legion deployed in Nove, near the present-day town of Svishtov, was stationed here.

    • Resurrection of Saint Spas

      Resurrection of Saint Spas

      Very soon the citizens of Sofia and tourists coming to Bulgaria's capital will be able to visit the medieval church of St Spas, the remnants of which are preserved right at the heart of the city. The archaeological layers uncovered at this place are abundant in artefacts and date back to different epochs. Among them are an antique street from the 2nd-3rd centuries, part of the fortification wall of ancient Serdica with a round tower and a medieval church from the 11th-13th centuries. All these monuments will be converted into a new archaeological complex.

    • Guarded by Saint Luke

      Guarded by Saint Luke

      The Granitsa monastery of St Luke is located at the foothills of the Osogovo Mountain near the village of Granitsa, eight kilometres from the town of Kyustendil, in a locality known as Pustia Manastir. The only monastery in Bulgaria named after St Luke, it is situated in immediate proximity to the Granitsa medieval fortress which guarded the road between Velbazhd and Sip at the times of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom.

    • Treasures on display

      Treasures on display

      Mycenaean ceramics of the late Bronze Age, gold jewellery and valued Byzantine coins are among the main attractions at an exhibition - titled Ancient finds. New discoveries. Archaeological season 2019 - which is staged at the National Museum of History from mid-December to mid-February. The exposition is a pool of the most interesting finds of last year's archaeological season.

    • History in mosaics

      History in mosaics

      One more archaeological gem was opened for visitors 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 centre of the city. Although the church was discovered long ago, its restoration and exposition to the public became possible only during the last year.

    • Guardian cloisters

      Guardian cloisters

      In the spiritual tradition of Bulgaria it was common for two monasteries to be built near or even within the same settlement - one a friary the other a nunnery. This is the case with the village of Prisovo near the town of Veliko Tarnovo. At the outskirts of the village there are two monasteries - one is a St Panteleimon nunnery and near it is the friary of St Michael the Archangel.

    • Western Rhodope's ethnographic oasis

      Western Rhodope's ethnographic oasis

      The village of Leshten is among Bulgaria's most attractive destinations for rural and ecotourism. It lies on a southwestern slope of the Rhodope Mountains, offering an unforgettable vista to Mount Pirin. The village attracts tourists with its authentic look and the old houses from the National Revival period (18th-19th century), which are perched like birds on the steep mountain slopes.

    • Crossroads of civilisations

      Crossroads of civilisations

      Less than 100 kilometres northwest of Sofia, perched on a steep rocky hill overhanging the left bank of the River Iskar in the outskirts of the city of Mezdra, lies a remarkable archaeological complex called simply Kaleto (which translates as “The Fortress”). The hill has the natural protection of its surroundings and is located at the intersection of major thoroughfares used from ancient times to this day.

    • Treasures for the afterlife

      Treasures for the afterlife

      The afterlife beliefs of the ancient Thracians have always fired up the imagination of those who are fascinated with ancient history while the specialists are trying to elucidate them on the basis of the available material. One of the most abundant sources of data shedding light on these beliefs was discovered in the necropolis near the village of Duvanlii, where according to experts the mortal remains of members of the Odrysae dynastic family have been buried.