Excursions in Bulgaria: Sunny beach - Veliko Tarnovo - Arbanasi. One day Tour. Enjoy a day of incredible beauty of the magnificent town of Veliko Tarnovo. The city except ancient history captivates with its beautiful nature and amazing views.
Veliko Tarnovo - architectural museum reserve "Tsarevets".
Tsarevets Fortress is located near the center of Veliko Tarnovo. It was the main Bulgarian fortress during the Second Bulgarian Kingdom (1185-1393), when Tarnovo was the capital of the kingdom.
At the entrance of the fortress will meet you incredibly nice woman who will tell you, with the help of puppet theater, the legend of Baldwin Tower in the castle. Then you can have fun having your family photo session on the throne at the entrance dressed in royal clothes, with a royal crown and scepter as in armor on horseback.
You can then visit the Baldwin Tower. The name comes from the name of Baldwin - Count of Flanders and Hainaut, captured by Tsar Kaloyan on April 14, 1205 at the Battle of Adrianople. Old legend says that Baldwin of Flanders became a victim of the love of the Bulgarian queen to him and his death in the Tower, which today bears his name.
Stroll through the beautiful castle and enjoy the amazing views. You can relax in a small cafe in the center of the fortress, and then continue to the church.
On the territory of Tsarevets can buy souvenirs, as well as in every souvenir shop in the area.
Veliko Tarnovo - Wax Museum
The museum is located only 5 minutes walk from the Fortress Tsarevets. Will captivate you with amazing scenes of the coronation of Tsar Kaloyan by the Pope, the capture of Baldwin of Flanders by Tsar Kaloyan, audience with Tsar Ivan Assen II, scene of coin issuance, potter and a blacksmith, and wax figures that look so alive so they alsmost talk.
After the long walk we recommend that you relax for a while in the restaurant Ivan Asen at the entrance of Tsarevets fortress, where you can taste traditional dishes from Turnovo in combination with amazing service and great views.
Then you can continue with renewed vigor to the church "Holy Forty Martyrs"
Veliko Tarnovo - Church of the Holy Forty Martyrs
The church "St. Forty Martyrs" is the most famous medieval Bulgarian monument in Veliko Tarnovo. It was built and painted with frescoes at the time of Bulgarian Tsar Ivan Asen II over a small church dedicated to the Virgin Mary probably in honor of his great victory at the Battle of Klokotnitsa on March 9, 1230 (the day of Saint Sebastian 40 Martyrs) over the ruler of Epirus Theodore Komnin. In XIII-XIV century is the main church of the monastery "Great Lavra." There is also the grave of Tsar Kaloyan.
Arbanasi is situated only 5 km from Veliko Tarnovo. Captivates with its rich history and beauty. The chronicle of Arbanasi begins with the earliest written document - the firman of Suleiman the Magnificent of 1538, who gave the land to the current settlements Arbanasi, Lyaskovets, Gorna and Dolna Oryahovitsa to the Grand Vizier Rustem Pasha, son-in-law of the Sultan. The lack of other documents gives different opinions and assumptions of the origin, name and population of Arbanasi. Some assume that it is settled by Bulgarian boyars, who came with their peasants from the farthest western regions, following the victory of Ivan Asen II in Klokotnitsa on March 9, 1230, when he conquered the Arbanassi land. In medieval Bulgarians called Albania "Arbanashka land." Georgi Rakovski says that Ivan Asen II, after he married the daughter of Theodore Comnenus captured kir, because of her he moved some Greek families in Arbanassi. In Arbanasi monastery in 1794 monk's haircut enlightener St. Sophronii of Vratsa, later Bishop of the Vratsa Eparchy. In Arbanassi he wrote the famous "Life and suffering of sinful Sofronii." Arbanasi's history is rich, but what is left to us and stands out for its beauty, skill, taste, which most vividly reflects the era are preserved 144 houses with rich interior decoration, five churches and two monasteries.