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Tsarevets Fortress

Address: ul. Stefan Stambolov, Veliko Tarnovo 37100, Bulgaria
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Type: Historic sites, Military bases & facilities, Sights & Landmarks
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, Sights & Landmarks
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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Popovo, Bulgaria
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14 reviews 14 reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 NEW

A very steep walk with limited handrails so not suitable for disabled or elderly, but amazing views!! Worth a visit.

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Paris, France
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 NEW

They keep building ruins for the tourists in Bulgaria... Lovely show to see at night when they light it all up

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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Everybody, who visit Veliko Turnovo has to spend at least half a day on the Fortress, because it can tell a lot about bulgarian history and the view from there is absolutelly breath-taking

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Essex, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

WARNING TO ALL FOREIGN TOURIST....! We visited Veliko Tărnovo on the 14/02/2015 with our Bulgarian friends. Do not under any circumstances trust what any official says. We parked on restricted parking but were told by security that it did note apply at weekends, our Bulgarian friends also asked, as did other tourist (both Bulgarian and foreign), we were all assured... More 

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São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

The Tsarevets Fortress (Царевец in Bulgarian) was the center of power of the Second Bulgarian Empire from 1185 to 1393. Its strategic location on top of a steep hill made it nearly impregnable. The fortress was largely destroyed by the invading Ottoman empire and, unfortunately, was simply forgotten for the next 500 years. It is being rediscovered only now, and... More 

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Vienna, Austria
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 via mobile

veliko turnovo is a very nice city and the hotel is impressive. If I ever happen to visit again ill definitely stay at bolyarski

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Maribor, Slovenia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

Well worth the climb for the spectacular views! Read about it before visiting and use your imagination to get the feeling how magnificent it was in it's heyday! It was raining when we visited but we still got the best of it and we had the place for ourselves.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

Can't help but remember the feeling of being mesmerized to see the fortress from afar. It was a cold, gloomy afternoon with light showers in Dec when we visited. It was quite a challenge for me to walk all the way up considering i had zero exercise at the time. I was panting like a dog, pausing and catching my... More 

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Sofia, Bulgaria
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69 reviews 69 reviews
21 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

I was amazed at this place and the way it was constructed. It is a fortress and I can imagine during its peak this would have been impenetrable. There is a small entrance fee I believe it was 5 leva (2.5 euro). Make sure that you take walking shoes and cover up (in winter) as it is COLD and windy.... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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19 reviews 19 reviews
18 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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