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  • Built from the 15C onwards, the Nativity Church includes a nave, a narthex and an outside gallery leading to St-John-the-Baptist's chapel. However, the most remarkable features of the church are the walls which are literally covered with frescoes dat..

  • 2 Tsaravets Fortress (Carevec) Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Carewec, "City of the Tsars", towers above the town of which it is the soul and heart. It has retained the memory of the saga which made the Asen dynasty (1218-1393) one of the most brilliant in Europe. At first sight, Carewec appears like ..

  • 3 Ramparts (Veliko Tărnovo) Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    A walk along the remarkably well-preserved ramparts offers superb views of the city's terraced white houses. Note the ruins of a 12C church and of a 6C-7C basilica, protected by canopies. Note also the craftsmen's workshops and the Baldwin Tower. Thi..

  • 4 Gurko Street Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Ul Gurko

    Gurko Street overlooks the river from the hillside along which it runs. Its old houses feature flower-decked façades, and seem to be literally clinging to the rock. Walking along the street, one senses the closeness of the River Yantra, often conceal..

  • 5 Banker's House Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Gurko 88

    Built in 1861, the Banker's House shows the ability of builders to adapt to the irregularity of the land. There is only one storey on the street side, yet there are four on the river side. The ground floor, consisting of a large drawing room surround..

  • The Museum of National Awakening and of the Constituent Assembly is housed in the former town hall. This edifice, with its pale-blue and white façade, is quite harmonious: the curved pediment rests on columns erected in 1872 by master builder Kolju F..

  • The gorge dug by the River Yantra is the superb setting of the Monastery of the Transfiguration. Restored circa 1850 (by Dimitar Sofijaliata, then Kolju Ficeto), it features a church famous for its murals painted by Zahari Zograf. Note, in particular..

  • 8 Hadži Nikoli's Inn Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Quartier Varuša

    Hadži Nikoli's Inn was commissioned in 1858 by a wealthy merchant from the master builder Kolju Ficeto. The street arcades hide an elongated inner courtyard framed by two storeys of arcaded galleries. The ensemble (slightly neglected and closed off b..

  • 9 Asenov or Asen District Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Off the beaten track at the foot of the Cravec and Trapezica hills, Asenov is today a peaceful district basking in the shade of the city of the Tsars. It lies either side of the Jantra, crossed here by a little bridge. Asenov has no fewer than five i..

  • 10 Church of Holy Archangels Michael and Gabriel Interesting

    Religious buildings


    In the same vein as Arbanasi's Church of the Nativity, this church is decorated with frescoes from 1760 in a slightly mannered style.

  • 11 Church of St-Demetrios-of-Salonica Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Patriarh Evtimiy

    The church of St-Demetrios-of-Salonica, designed in the Byzantine style, is surrounded by a fine flower-decked enclosure. It is here that the brothers Theodore and Asen rose against Byzantine domination and laid the foundations of a future state: the..

  • 12 Church of St-Cyrillus-and-St-Methodus Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Ul Kiril i Metodiy

    The church of St-Cyrillus-and-St-Methodus, located inside a garden overhanging the street, was erected in 1861 by master builder Kolju Ficeto. An arcaded narthex leads to the sanctuary where the naves are surmounted by vaulting in the shape of an upt..

  • 13 Rakovski Street Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts


    Rakovski Street is undoubtedly the most popular street with Veliko Turnovo's visitors. This is not surprising since, along this pedestrian street, lined with houses in the National Awakening style, there is an uninterrupted succession of wood-carvers..

  • Hardly anything remains of the 10C monastery, where the patriarch Euthymius founded the Turnovo literary school in 1375. However, this blue and white women's monastery, nestling beneath an impressive rocky cliff, conveys an impression of intense sere..

  • 15 Kostancaliev House Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    The 17C Kostancaliev House is one of the fortress-style residential buildings of Arbanasi village, on Unesco's World Heritage list. The stone-built ground floor was intended for servants, animals and crops. The wooden upper floor was the living quart..

  • 16 Church of the Forty Martyrs Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Quartier d'Asen

    The Church of the Forty Martyrs was built under the rule of Bulgarian tsar Ivan Asen II (1218-1241). A revered monument of the Second Bulgarian Empire, it was transformed into a mosque in the 18C, and later returned to the Orthodox Church after the l..

  • 17 St George's Church, Veliko Tarnovo

    Religious buildings

    Quartier d'Asen

    Strangely wedged beneath the Arbanasi road, the current St-George's Church dates from 1616. From the street, one can only just catch sight of the small semi-circular apse and the powerful lateral buttresses. If you are lucky enough to enter the churc..

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