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Veliko Tarnovo

Veliko Tarnovo, the capital of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom, is situated amphitheatrically on the hills - Tsarevets, Trapezitsa and Sveta Gora. Their ridges were indeed the deeply inclined steep banks of the Yantra river meanders.
Ancient travelers write about the town of Turnovo as "the second after Constantinople" in its beauty
and might. The fateful events from the 13 centuries old Bulgarian State are related with this town, such as the Second Bulgarian Kingdom's apogee in XII - XIII centuries AC and the adoption of the First Bulgarian Constitution in 1874.
It will take at least a couple of days to see sights of Tarnovo. If you’re interested in the old history of Veliko Turnovo or the places connected with the glory of the Bulgarian kingdom during the Middle Ages, you must visit the emblem of the city – the fortress hill “Tsarevets”, located at the eastern end of the city and protected on three sides by the Yantra river. Opposite “Tsarevets” to the North-West lies “Trapezitsa” hill with its excavated 17 church foundations. A part of the old town are the stroll down “Gurko” street and “Varosha” street. There you’ll find the “Samovodska Charshia” with its traditional crafts work shops, souvenir shops and art galleries.
Walking along the main street you can’t miss the “House with the Monkey” and “Mother Bulgaria” monument.
Crossing the Stambolov’s Bridge, you’ll end up in front of the Asens’ Monument and the City Art Gallery at the foot of “Sveta Gora” Hill.
It is worth seeing the "Sound and Light" show. Dramatic music, colorful lights, lasers and church bells combine to tell the glorious and tragic history of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom (1185 - 1393).
A visit to the magnificent Tarnovo is not complete without a walk around Arbanasi, which is only 4 km away from Veliko Tarnovo. This is a very old village with preserved ancient wealthy houses and churches with valuable paintings and wood carvings. It is worth seeing the Konstantsaliev House, the Hadzhiiliev House and many others. Another attraction in Arbanasi is the art shop in which you can buy not only paintings by Bulgarian artists but also souvenirs and antiquities.

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