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Bulgaria sightseeing. Travel guide - attractions, sights, nature and touristic places

Ivan Vazov National Theatre Sofia Bulgaria has everything that vacationers seek in a country – awesome beach resorts, rich historical and cultural heritage, interesting architecture and museums. Sofia is cultural and political capital of the country. Travellers will be particularly interested in the central part of the city as all major landmarks are located there. These are Banya Bashi Mosque, the Church of St. George, Mineral Bath, Theological Seminary, the Church of St. Nicolas, and Sofia Cathedral. The central square of the city is the location of another popular landmark, the Museum of History, which exhibits the Panagyurishte Treasure. The age of the exhibited items is the 6th – 3rd centuries B.C. The treasure was found by archaeologists near Sofia and consists of several gold plates decorated with carvings.
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Varna is considered one of the oldest cities in Europe. Many buildings there belong to the antique period. Varna Necropolis is the most famous sight of the city. Archaeological excavations never stop there. It is possible to see the results of these excavations in the Museum of Archaeology.
Pleven is one more important historic centre of the country. This is a city of glorious past, and guests are welcome to learn more about it in the museum of Pleven Epopee 1877, which is most commonly known as Pleven Panorama. The building of the museum is also worth attention. Many years ago, the building was used for the meeting of Alexander II with Osman-pasha. There is a beautiful park on one of surrounding hills. The park was named after Russian general Skobelev. There is also a museum dedicated to the military events of the 19th century. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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The city of Plovdiv is another popular tourist destination in Bulgaria. Plovdiv is famous for ancient archaeological landmarks, the most prominent one being the Ancient Theatre built in the 2nd century during the reign of Trajan. Other sights of antiquity in the city include the City Forum, several ancient thermae and old basilicas. The clock tower, which is located in the central square of the city, was proclaimed the oldest tower of its type in whole Europe.
Veliko Tarnovo is a prominent Bulgarian city that is home to three magnificent sanctuaries – Holy Forty Martyrs Church, the Church of Saints Peter and Paul and the Church of St Demetrius of Thessaloniki. There is an interesting fact connected with these buildings. Their architect, Nikolai Finchev, was a self-learning master, but in his works he managed to overcome many famous architects of his time. The Marine Park, which is located in Burgos, is also worth visiting as besides entertainment there are beautiful monuments and sculptures in the city.
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History and Entertainment

The first written references to the country on the territory of modern Bulgaria data back to 618. At that time, it was the Bulgarian Kingdom. At the beginning of the 11th century, it was conquered by the Byzantine Empire governing the territory until 1185. After becoming independent of Byzantium, the country had managed to maintain independence for over 200 years. The end of the 14th century was characterized by bloody battles between the Bulgarian Kingdom and the Ottoman Empire.
In 1396, Bulgary fell before Ottoman troops. The period of Ottoman Bulgary was one of the longest and ended in 1878. Bulgary became officially independent of the Ottoman Empire only in 1908. The country gained a status of the republic after the Second World War, in 1946.
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Some of the main values for tourists are beach resorts in Bulgary. They are characterized by the well-developed infrastructure and affordable prices. The noisiest and liveliest beaches are Golden Sands and Sunny Beach. Young people mainly relax here. Local resorts will suit those who have long dreamed of doing water sports and who like having fun all day and night long. Fans of calm recreation and travelers with children often visit Sozopol and Tsarevo. Their resorts are distinguished by a calm and relaxing atmosphere.
On the territory of Bulgaria, there are several excellent ski resorts targeting beginners and travelers with children. The largest winter resort is Borovets. The total length of its ski routes is about 40 km. In the surroundings of the resort, there are a lot of unique nature attractions, such as pine reserves and lakes. It will be very interesting to visit Borovets in summer.
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During the year, a lot of interesting holidays are celebrated in Bulgary. For instance, on 25 May is the Rose Festival held. For local residents, breeding of essential oil roses is one of the main national “crafts”. Rose oil is actively used in cosmetics and perfume production. This beautiful national holiday always includes festive processions, theatrical and folk bands’ performances and concerts. The crucial point of this traditional holiday is the final of the beauty contest. The winner gains a title of the Rose Queen.
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Famous and uniques places in Bulgaria from our review series

Temple-Monument of Alexander Nevsky

From the series “The Most Astonishing Orthodox Churches”
Temple-Monument of Alexander Nevsky is one of the main sightseeing places in Sofia. The cathedral has appeared there only in 1912. The creator of this tremendous temple is a Russian architect Alexander Pomerantsev. This Orthodox Church is one of the largest in the whole world. Its area is 3 170 meters and it can hold about 5 000 people inside. The most interesting part of the cathedral is the bell tower. It has 12 bells and their weight is about 23 tones.

For several hundreds of years this wonderful cathedral with azure and golden cupolas stays one of the main symbols of Sofia. At the beginning of the 20th century, the church was the highest building in the city. It has placed 552 meters above the sea level. Today its main-golden cupola is possible to see from every city street. The … Read all

Sozopol

From the series “Monochromatic Cities - Stunning Views”
Sozopol is an ancient seaside town in Bulgaria. This place is rather popular among celebrities. They like to come here for vacations. This city became popular among celebrities and ordinary people thanks to its wonderful beaches and nice hotels. The historical area of the city is placed on the peninsula. Today it is an architectural monument of the world meaning. All Sozopol’s buildings are made from huge stone blocks of one color. The variety of buildings in the historical area contain a single ensemble.

In the historical district you will see mostly two-stored buildings in classical Bulgarian style. Within several decades there were developed a great tourism and entertainment infrastructure. Nowadays in the city there are about 600 restaurants, bars, nightclubs and other entertaining … Read all

Devetashka Cave

From the series “Fantastic and Colorful Caves Inside the Earth”
In Bulgaria, an outstanding natural attraction is Devetashka Cave, located on the Osam River. It was discovered by a group of researchers in 1921 and is the largest cave in the country. The length of underground passages is 1500 meters. The main feature of the cave are large openings in the ceiling, thanks to which some of its areas are perfectly illuminated in the daytime. In some parts of the cave rapid streams flow, and natural arches are covered with dense vegetation. While exploring the cave, more than ten beautiful lakes and many unusual formations have been discovered.

It must be mentioned that the colorful cave is considered an important archaeological area. Still in the Palaeolithic period it served as a refuge for people, as evidenced by tools found in the cave, made of silicon, … Read all
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Sunny Beach
In the southern part of the resort, a popular Luna Park Sunny Beach is situated. It also serves as a great place for a family holiday. Here, you can spend an enjoyable day. The park offers attractions for children of different ages and a large rest area with an outdoor pool. Guests can visit a small wellness center, equipped with a sauna and jacuzzi and then come by a restaurant or a bar. Luna Park is greatly focused on visitors with children. In high tourist season, it employs a team of … Read more
Bansko
An acquaintance with local gastronomic traditions is an essential part of any vacation. Hearty meat dishes are typical for the traditional cuisine of Bansko. Meat is usually roasted or steamed. Many restaurants and markets also offer delicious homemade sausages that are produced nearby. Traditional taverns are also very usual at the resort. As a rule, they are run by locals. These dining venues usually offer dishes cooked in accordance with old family recipes. Affordable prices are another … Read more
Sofia
In the immediate vicinity of Sofia is an interesting religious landmark - the Boyana Church. In 1979 it was listed as a World Heritage Site. The erection of the church took place in the 10th century. For hundreds of years, it has been reconstructed several times. Despite a thorny destiny, many valuable artifacts have been preserved in it. Now visitors can admire the unique frescos of the 11th century and see fragments of medieval paintings. Somehow, the temple managed to survive thousands of … Read more
Golden Sands
The resort has an excellent dolphinarium, which will be interesting to visit for travelers with children. Every day, there are shows with trained dolphins, and for an additional fee, visitors can swim with dolphins in one pool. A nice addition to the rest will be a memorable photo session with these amazing sea animals. A popular place for walks among tourists is the “seaside park”, in which you can also find a lot of interesting sights. Here is an exact copy of the Eiffel Tower - a … Read more
Varna
In the immediate vicinity of Varna is an interesting natural attraction, the Stone forest. As you can guess by the title, the main feature of this area is the diversity of stone columns. Looking at this amazing stone landscape, it is difficult to imagine that it was formed solely by the actions of natural forces. It is noteworthy that the researchers failed to pinpoint the cause of the appearance of the stones. Some scientists believe that these are fossilized trunks of ancient trees, while … Read more
Plovdiv
The picturesque Muelle Prat is also very popular with vacationers because it is the location of the biggest market at the resort. The choice of items for sale is simply striking and ranges from inexpensive clothes and beach accessories to unique antiquity items. Tourists often come to this market to buy various handmade souvenirs, quality bags and hats, and inexpensive home décor items. Collectors can always find old artworks and other unusual antiquities carefully preserved by local sellers. … Read more

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