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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  • We had some free time and decided to go to the top of the hill and see the ruins. Once there, the views are wonderful and worth the climb up. The ruins are also very interesting, and it was nice to be...  more »
  • Veliko is a nice small town and Tsaverets offers a great view of the city ! Overall i enjoyed it ! The price is pretty low and everything there is worth it.  more »
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  • Absolutely gorgeous place with stunning views. Medieval fortress, capital of the Second Bulgarian kingdom is in very good condition. Must see if you are in Bulgaria. The Baldwin tower, the patriarch cathedral, with its quiet modern painting - all that history all around is a great experience. If you are visiting in the summer - be prepared with a hat and water - it is very hot and sunny there.
  • Old Fortress almost totally surrounded by river. Not a lot to see, but an interesting couple of hours exploring. Limited health and safety facilities, particularly liked the English announcement warning people to "take particular care near the cliff of death" 😁 Great views from the top of the fort and a good walk through the town.
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