Veliko Tarnovo (Bulgarian: Велико Търново, "Great Tarnovo") Bulgarian pronunciation: [vɛˈliko ˈtɤ̞rnovo] is a city in north central Bulgaria and the administrative centre of Veliko Tarnovo Province.
Restaurants in Veliko Tarnovo
4.5 based on 156 reviews
We absolutely LOVED this cluster of shops and craftsmen. This way far and away of favorite in our short time in Bulgaria. Some incredible craftsmanship in jewelry, ceramics, leather, woodwork and more. Many of the craftspeople are working in their shops while you're there.
A particular favorite was the leather work, prices seemed reasonable and the quality much better than in the larger stores.
Hopefully you'll have more time than we did. Shops take credit cards.
4.5 based on 980 reviews
Dating to the 12th century, this strategic fortress is one of two highly fortified hills (Trapezitza being the other) that protected Bulgarian rulers living on the site in the tsar’s palace.
Since this reconstructed fortress dominates the skyline of Veliko Tarnovo, we were interested in seeing the views of the town from the fortress. We enjoyed walking around the grounds, despite having to watch out for potholes, and broken steps. It was a lovely, warm, sunny October day and the views of the surrounding areas from the top were beautiful.The elevator was not in service the day we visited, perhaps because there were very few tourists. Pay your 6 Leva entrance fee in cash at the window before you cross over the bridge. We were disappointed that we missed the Sound and Light Show by one day.
4.5 based on 190 reviews
Just walked by the monument, but was impressed. Can recommend it as a highlight for your light stroll out of the city, combined with a short walk up the small hill overlooking the train station
4.5 based on 81 reviews
The Transfiguration Monastery (Bulgarian: Преображенски манастир, Preobrazhenski manastir) or the Monastery of the Holy Transfiguration of God (манастир "Свето Преображение Господне", manastir "Sveto Preobrazhenie Gospodne") is an Eastern Orthodox monastery located in the Dervent gorge of the Yantra River. It lies near the village of Samovodene, seven kilometres north of Veliko Tarnovo, in central northern Bulgaria. It is one of the five stauropegic monasteries of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church.
It is thought that the monastery was founded in the 11th century AD as a cloister of the Vatopedi monastery on Mount Athos. In 1360, when Tarnovo was the capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire and the traditions of hesychasm were popular in Bulgaria, it became an autonomous monastery on the order of Tsar Ivan Alexander of Bulgaria. This is legendarily tied to the charity of Ivan Alexander's second wife Sarah-Theodora and their son Ivan Shishman, a reason to also call the monastery Sarah's or Shishman's monastery.
After the Ottoman conquest of Bulgaria, the monastery was plundered and burned several times by the Turks and eventually entirely destroyed. It was only reestablished in 1825 by father Zoticus of the Rila Monastery by means of donations. In 1832, a firman of the Ottoman sultan allowed the construction of a new monastery church; the church was designed by the noted Bulgarian National Revival architect Kolyu Ficheto and completed in 1834. The cross-shaped church features three apses, a single dome and a covered narthex.
The icons and frescoes of the main church were painted by another famous artist, Zahari Zograf, who worked in the monastery between 1849 and 1851, after he finished his decoration of the Troyan Monastery. Among the more notable murals are those of the Last Judgment, the Wheel of Life, the Birth of the Mother of God, the Last Supper. Zograf also painted Saints Cyril and Methodius, as well as a self-portrait. In addition, the main church was richly decorated on the outside and a wood-carved and gold-plated iconostasis was installed.
Between 1858 and 1863 Kolyu Ficheto constructed the seven-bell belfry, the residential buildings and the main entrance, as well as the underground chapel of Saint Andrew the First-called and the small Church of the Annunciation on top of it, with icons by Zahari Zograf's nephew Stanislav Dospevski.
4.5 based on 44 reviews
Historic church withfresco murals from the 14th to 17th centuries
Entrance fee by way of donation; very very old; you can take photos but no flash; great history and definitely worth a visit
4.5 based on 49 reviews
4 based on 70 reviews
The only place in my country, where one can see a mark, trace, or grave of our great khans and czars. If someone is interested and want to see the history of my country, this is a must and I am proud of this place!
4.5 based on 24 reviews
An interesting look at the history of Bulgaria and gives a good quick insight into the way people lived. It is well-presented and there is information in English. However, the exhibition is relatively small and feels a bit over-priced as a result.
5 based on 12 reviews
According to Google Maps this is called Ulitsa Sveti Nicola 14. Our guide took us up the winding mountain path to the monastic retreat used by monks in times when it was unsafe to be found by the local invaders. Here they could practice their devotions in safety.
5 based on 12 reviews
This extraordinary hub intertwines culture and education in an impressive manner. The Art Gallery boasts a fine permanent collection of some of the very best modern Bulgarian art, as well as exclusive rotating Exhibitions. The Archaeological Museum is home to remarkable treasures of the past. Amazing place to visit, highly recommended!
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