Tsarevets, Veliko Tarnovo

Explore the archaeological site of a medieval town at Tsarevets. The fortress served as the Second Bulgarian Empire's strongest bulwark from 1185 to 1393, housing the royal and patriarchal palaces. It includes the remains of more than 400 houses, at least 22 churches, four monasteries, craftspeople's workshops, gates, and towers. You can see the foundations of the royal palace from which 22 successive kings ruled Bulgaria. View the city from the front steps of the Patriarch's Complex, then stop by the execution rock, from which traitors were pushed into the Yantra River. You also can visit a modern reconstruction of the medieval tower where Latin Emperor Baldwin I of Constantinople met his death as a Bulgarian prisoner. Ask about guided tours. Before you visit Veliko Tarnovo, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.
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  • It's a nice place for a walk and some nice pictures with a view over the city. Ticket price is ok and they also have available audio guide.  more »
  • It was worth making a round-trip from Romania to Veliko Tarnovo and getting to know this hill with its fort.
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  • Great attraction. The views from up above are amazing. You can see every angle of the town from the fortress. The students have discounted ticket price. You can spend quite some time here. There is a lift to take you in the church tower which is located highest in the citadel. Great place to take photos.
  • Well protected fortress offering fantastic views of surrounding valley and town. Strategically located to defend and protect the valley from invaders. You can almost feel the vibrancy of its defensive force from the fort.
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