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  • 1 Agushevi Konatsi Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    BG - Mogilica

    In the bottom of the Arda Vlley, the village of Mogilica has a rare survivor from the days of Ottoman occupation: the Agushevi Konatsi. Built in 1843, this fortified structure with façades covered in friezes using organic motifs is one of the last ex..

  • 2 Church of St Nicholas, Backovo Monastery Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    BG - Backovo

    Permanently closed and protected by grilles, this 1834 church has in its narthex an extraordinary fresco cycle executed by Zahari Zograf between 1839 and 1841 depicting the Last Judgement, in which the illustrious painter included some of the Plovdiv..

  • 3 Refectory, Backovo Monastery Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    BG - Backovo

    Unfortunately, this refectory with its superb marble table is often closed. It has magnificent frescoes painted in 1643: the Tree of Jesse (on the vaulting), Greek philosophers wearing crowns, the Last Judgement, the Council of Nicaea. A veritable ga..

  • 4 Ossuary, Backovo Monastery Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    BG - Backovo

    Contemporary with the monastery, this Byzantine-style building with a single nave and apse stands on a rocky outcrop around 300m from the monastic complex: for a thousand years, the bones of Backovo's monks have been laid to rest here. In the narthex..

  • 5 Perperikon Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    BG - Kardžali

    Hidden away in the undergrowth of a remote, high-altitude location, this site is thought to have been both the sacred city of the Thracians, where the mythical Orpheus and Alexander the Great still cast their shadows, and a temple dedicated to the Cu..

  • 6 Rila Forest Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    BG - 2643 Rila

    Beyond Rila Monastery, a narrow yet absolutely charming minor road wends its way deep into the Rila nature park. At first, the road follows the stream lined with a few inns, then it rises in hairpin bends through the forest of the same name, protecte..

  • 7 St-Alexander-Nevski Cathedral Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Pl. Alexander Nevski BG - 1000 Sofija

    St-Alexander-Nevski Cathedral is, with its golden domes, the very emblem of Sofia. Built between 1904 and 1912, it boasts a vast (space for 6 000 members of the community) and sumptuous interior: polychrome Italian marbles, onyx from Brazil, alabaste..

  • 8 St-George's Rotunda Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Ul Saborna BG - 1000 Sofija

    St-George's Rotunda was built at the beginning of the 4C, during the reign of Constantine the Great. This religious building (probably a baptistery), was erected according to a fairly complex plan: a vast, circular central chamber, surmounted by a do..

  • 9 Church of St-Petka-of-the-Saddlers Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Bul Knjaginja Maria Luiza BG - 1000 Sofija

    The church of St-Petka-of-the-Saddlers (15C) was built under the Ottoman occupation with donations from the region's master saddlers. At that time, the building of churches was tolerated provided that their height did not exceed that of a soldier on ..

  • 10 Vrachanski Balkan National Park Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    BG - 3000 Vraca

    Covering the karstic mountain of Vracanski Balkan, this nature park dominates the town and offers spectacular views over an area of 280km². There are hundreds of caves to be seen, as well as valleys, mountain streams and vast forests. The place is a ..

  • 11 Vracata Gorge Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Ul Ledenika BG - 3000 Vraca

    Vracata Gorge is a spectacular mass of rocks looking like ruins, through which flows the River Leva. The sheer rock faces of the gorge, over 300m high, are popular with rock-climbers. During the fine season, the site also attracts many visitors who a..

  • 12 Magura Cave Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    BG - Rabiša

    Magura Cave (30 000 sq m) is one of the largest natural caves in Bulgaria. The 700m long main gallery leads to a succession of vast chambers where stalactites and stalagmites sometimes meet to form impressive pillars (up to 20m high and 4m in diamete..

  • 13 Church of the Holy Trinity, Bansko Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Ul Pirin BG - 2770 Bansko

    Built in 1835, the imposing church of the Holy Trinity is one of the emblems of the town. Standing inside an enclosure and a flower garden, it is surrounded by a pleasant arcaded gallery, painted in white and blue. The interior of the three-naved san..

  • 14 Old town Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Veljan-Ognev BG - 2770 Bansko

    The old town of Bansko has retained fine fortress-like houses concealed within their enclosures. Many of them have been turned into inns serving the famous herb flavoured sausages, one of the city's claims to fame! Along Veljan-Ognev Street stands th..

  • Built at the beginning of the 17C, this half-buried church has arrow-slit openings. It has retained a fine iconostasis and, especially, a remarkable set of frescoes, painted in 1614 by anonymous artists. Note in particular the portraits of the benefa..

  • 16 St Nicholas's Church, Sapareva Banja Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    BG - Sapareva Banja

    The small, charming church of St-Nicholas stands within an enclosure full of flowers, in the very heart of the ancient Thracian village of Sapareva Banja. The early-13C brick-built edifice is a splendid and rare example of Bulgarian medieval religiou..

  • 17 Zemen Monastery Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    BG - Zemen

    The Zemen Monastery comprises several white-washed buildings, featuring galleries, surrounding a fine meadow. In the centre stands the church of St-John-the-Theologian (11C), which has retained splendid frescoes. Note St Ann, St Contantine and St Hel..

  • 18 Melnik Pyramids Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    BG - Spatovo

    The Melnik Pyramids form a strange landscape of sandy cliffs carved by erosion. There are "fairy chimneys", sharp angles and sheer, strangely indented rock faces. Here, geology and bad weather have combined their power to create an ever-cha..

  • 19 The town Recommended Recommended

    Towns and villages

    BG - 2820 Melnik

    Melnik's slightly nostalgic charm is the town's main attraction. Its white houses, camped on stone bases, are built in terraces on slopes crowned by "pyramids", on both sides of a mountain stream. It is difficult to imagine that, in the 14C..

  • 20 Rozen Monastery Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    BG - 2820 Rožen

    Rozen Monastery lies in splendid surroundings, dominated by the pyramids. The place is unassuming, with its small flower garden and its courtyard shaded by a climbing vine and wooden galleries. One can get a glimpse of the refectory (traces of fresco..

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