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Address: ul. Stefan Stambolov, Veliko Tarnovo 37100, Bulgaria
Description: Dating to the 12th century, this strategic fortress is one of two highly...
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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Paintings in the church worth the visit

Sound and light show at dusk every night. Free and very good. The castle is worth a walk around in the day. Make sure you go to the church as the paintings make the walk worth... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Sound and light show at dusk every night. Free and very good. The castle is worth a walk around in the day. Make sure you go to the church as the paintings make the walk worth while. Please be careful if taking children as lots of unfenced drops.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Most photographed place in Veliko Tarnovo. 6 leva each admission. plus extra admission up the lift to the top of tower. During the summer months the sound and light show is an excellent display. Apart from extra views across the city and a wonder around itsgrounds . You can pretty much see all you want to without venturing inside the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

A great historical site for a visit. Covering a huge area there is lots to see. Some still in ruins other parts restored to former glory. The church on the top of the hill is amazing with a viewing place via a lift well worth the trip for the incredible views. Only problem is trying to find some where to... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

The panoramic views from the fortress are beautiful. There are several hills and steps to get to the church but worth the walk. It's was quite peaceful. It's helpful to come with a guide as there is very little written explanations about the fortress.

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

You get a great impression of life in a fortress from the top of the hill. The walls are quite impressive.

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Prague, Czech Republic
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

Definitely worth the 6 leva to get in. The views are great, and make sure you go to the end to see the "execution" rock. There were over 20 churches on the site, and lots of dwellings and homes (now in ruins, though). Best part is the church. You have probably never seen another church like this (inside). Be ready... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 via mobile

The view is nice from the fortress. The drawings in the church is interesting. Nothing much other than that.

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

I love the Sound and Light show. You can check at the Tourist Office to see when it is on, and it is well worth watching.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

This place is really worth a visit. If you have active children keep an eye on them because there are lots of places from which to fall. It was interesting to see how the royalty lived. It is quite a large complex and there are some steep stairs to get to the top. If it is warm take water. There... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

The site is very interesting. It is not in a very good condition but you can see a lot of interesting things. It is the site more visited in Veliko Tarnovo and so visit when there are less people visiting

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