Elsewhere: Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria

Elsewhere: Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria, Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria (B)

Old royal capital boasting a dramatic cityscape, fascinating monuments and an epic fortress in the middle of Bulgaria.

Before visiting Bulgaria, I really had no idea where to go. The itinerary I came up with was based on some quick internet research while I enjoyed the country’s coast. One of the stops I came up with was the city of Veliko Tarnovo in northern Bulgaria, prompted by a couple of photos and let’s be honest, the cool name. While my reasons for visiting may have been superficial, what I found in Veliko Tarnovo was a historic city blessed with spectacular landmarks and a dramatic landscape.

Veliko Tarnovo may not be a large city today, but it has some rich pedigree. It was once the grand capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire from the 12th to 15th centuries. During this period, Bulgaria was a powerhouse of the Balkans and many historic heroes, like Ivan Asen II, lived during that time.

As the royal capital of this Empire, Tarnovo (as it was known) thrived as the political, cultural and economic centre. The city was so large and magnificent that it was even decreed as the “Third Rome”. This grand legacy of Tarnovo is reflected today by local’s only using the city’s old name and the frequent use of the colour purple on buildings and the city’s flag, purple the colour of royalty. ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: Elsewhere: Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria
Guide Location: Bulgaria » Veliko Tarnovo
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Author: David Johnston
Read it on Author's Website: http://www.travelsewhere.net/veliko-tarnovo/
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Georgi S. Rakovski street
  • Handji Nikoli Inn
  • Gurko Street
  • Monument to the Asen Dynasty
  • Interhotel Veliko Tarnovo
  • Tsarevets Fortress
  • Baldwin’s Tower
  • Patriarchal Cathedral of the Holy Ascension of God