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Tsarevets Fortress

ul. Stefan Stambolov, Veliko Tarnovo 37100, Bulgaria
+359 62 638 841
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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.
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ul. Stefan Stambolov, Veliko Tarnovo 37100, Bulgaria
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"sound and light show"
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"nice place to visit"
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Veliko Tarnovo, 'City of the Tsars', full of history spread over a large site, with a very usually decorated church at the highest point .It served as the Second Bulgarian Empire's primary fortress, housing the royal and the patriarchal palaces. You should definitely visit, if...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

A really interesting fortress, different from what Ive seen before. A nice place to spend your afternoon.

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Reviewed 5 days ago

This is a very important archaeological site, but it's a bit hard for the casual visitor to make sense of it all. There's some signage, but would probably be more meaningful with a guided tour.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The here incredibly meandering river Yantra has created a fascinating landscape with canyons and hills, around which the beautiful town of Veliko Tarnovo has been built. On a hill opposite todays town center is the Tsarevets Hill with remains of a fortress, which as Tirnow...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

One of my favourite places in Bulgaria. A place with rich history and culture. I've been there dozens of times, and every time is inspiring. It's nice if your visit matches the show "Sound and Light."

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a beautifully set fortress on top of a promontory. It has old barracks, churches and a palace for when the town was the capital of Bulgaria. There is a place where guilty people were thrown off the cliff when sentenced. There are a...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

You will need to buy your tickets at the little window next to a restaurant prior to walking across the bridge. There is sign pointing you there. 6 lev each cash. There is a bathroom at the bottom of the ruins (bring your own TP)....More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Veliko Tarnovo, 'City of the Tsars', where houses cling to the cliffs of the River Yantra, making it one of the country's most beautiful towns in Bulgaria. Here, a walking tour features views of the Tsarevets Hill, the inescapable symbol of the city. This reconstructed...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is obviously an important historic landmark not only just for Bulgaria as this is a large fortress and its structure could be seen. The place also offers beautiful views of Veliko Tarnovo and surrounding nature. There is also a church with interesting frescoes. However,...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The fortress looks more impressive from a distance than up close. Not much to see except the new church which is not used as a church and has some interesting modern paintings inside. Visit early in the morning as it can get crowded.

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Response from PopisteanuG | Reviewed this property |
Dear Suzanne, do not worry, tfere are different pats with different slopes, you could choose that which you need; you need 30 min to follow the longer one actialy, it's better not to climb too quickly, to have time to touch... More
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Response from Fulger19 | Reviewed this property |
The price was 6 leva. That would be around 3 euros (more or less). As for hours, i remember the closing hours: 19.00 for summer months.
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