The nearby PATLEINA MONASTERY, part of the Veliki Preslav National
Archaeological Reserve, was a center of writers of the famous Preslav
school of literature and the place where the unique painted 'Preslav
ceramics' were crafted.
The capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire ( 1185
If you should happen to visit this unusual city whose stone houses seem
perched one above the other on the steep bank of the Yatra river, you
will first be taken to see Tsarevets - the place of the patriarchal
church and royal palaces, the hill where Baudouin's Tower still rises,
linked with the legend of the Latin Emperor Baudouin of Flanders who was
captured by Tsar Kaloyan.
Then you will be shown another hill Trapezitsa - where the foundations
of 17 mediaeval churches were discovered.
You will marvel and enthuse over the Bulgarian National Revival period
architectural ensembles on Gurko Street, the old Nikoli Inn and the
St. St. Constantine and Helena Church.
The original SAMOVODENE MARKET has been brought , back to life and, as
in olden times, skillful craftsmen fashion and sell exquisite objects in
the small restored workshops.
At night, proud Tsarevets lends the natural decor to a fantastic SOUND
AND LIGHT spectacle.
monasteries - hiding human, warm and living rather than "divine" beauty
behind their austere stone facades, still amaze with their magnificent
architecture, unfading frescoes and murals, exquisite icons and
wood-carvings, made by self-taught architects, builders and painters.
The Bulgarian monasteries - during difficult and turbulent times they
acted as centers of patriotism which helped to preserve national
feelings and hopes of the Bulgarians.
Aladja Monastery -
Arbanassi Monasteries - Bachkovo Monastery
Cherepish Monastery - Dryanovo Monastery - Ivanovo Rock Monastery
Kapinovo Monastery - Kilifarevo Monastery - Kremikovtsi Monastery
Rila Monastery - Rozhen Monastery - Shipka Monastery
Transfiguration Monastery - Troyan Monastery - Zemen Monastery