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Tsarevets Fortress

ul. Stefan Stambolov, Veliko Tarnovo 37100, Bulgaria
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Type: Historic Sites, Military Bases/ Facilities, Cultural
Owner description: Dating to the 12th century, this strategic fortress is one of two highly fortified hills...
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Type: Historic Sites, Military Bases/ Facilities, Cultural
Owner description: 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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Portland, Oregon
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19 reviews 19 reviews
18 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

Veliko Tarnovo was the first capital of Bulgaria, and Tsarevets Fortress was the capital's fortress. It is a long climb up to the top of the fortress. The views are spectacular.

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San Diego, California
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

4 Leva for entrance and then you get to walk around, bring comfortable shoes and enjoy the views. There is a restaurant next to the ticket booth that serves as a great starting or ending spot for your afternoon at the fortress.

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Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

From the first moment I stepped in there, I felt this magical feeling, like going back. You can feel the history in the place with each step. The view is great - inside the fortress and from the walls and the tower and from the church on the top. If you have someone to tell you the history of the... More 

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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

This was an amazing walk back in time. The fortress sits right on the river and has beautiful views. There is good access inside buildings and throughout the grounds. The information signs were only in Bulgarian, Russian(?) and German. Had to take pictures and translate later to English. I think the highlight was the art inside the church museum. It... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Great sight seeing. This place was destroyed by the Ottoman empire so not really a fortress anymore but you can get the feeling of what it could have been like when on the grounds. Theres a really nice church and viewing tower at the top of the fortress. The surrounding landscape with the villages at the bottom of the valley... More 

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Burgas Province, Bulgaria
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Pretty impressive fortres.Great views from the top.Amazing picture locations.Must see destination if you are in the area.

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

you can take a nice walk in this fortress and enjoin the view. there is no place to put the car near by, so you need to take a walk.

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Kingston Upon Hull, England
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

Beautiful old fortress with fantastic views of Veliko Tarnovo and surrounding areas. It's an uphill walk to get to the top but absolutely worth it. Stunning.

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Thermisia, Greece
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76 reviews 76 reviews
52 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

its a nice castle with the church inside nice view of the city, with bad weather is difficult to visit so avoid heavy winter time

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Jackson, California, United States
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58 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

It's a little walk and there's an old church, but the art within are pretty modern and somber, more like a post-modern art project than icons. We were treated by a woman who sang in the great acoustics. There's a great view of the river Yantra River below as it snakes around.

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