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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  • Veliko Tarnovo is one of my favorite town in Bulgaria. The people there are so nice and it is a place where more tourists must seen  more »
  • I visited Tsaravets Fortress located in Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria. A historical fortress with a lot of history. Most of the fortress was destroyed, but there is a map showing what it used to look...  more »
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  • One of the best sightseeing places in Bulgaria. Of course, make sure to visit when it also offers the night Sound and Light show - a very nice experience. It is very interesting for people into archeology and history. I highly recommend coming here in spring when the weather is amazing!
  • Worth the money for paying 10lev...with this breathtaking view and it’s a huge site for you to explore... we’re very lucky to come here just perfect weather. So in love with the panoramic view, the surroundings- it’s just great time and great experience. Definitely a MUST visit when you’re in this town.

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