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Address: ul. Stefan Stambolov, Veliko Tarnovo 37100, Bulgaria
Phone Number: +359 62 638 841
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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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Very interesting!

Interesting place. Long walk inside the Park of the castle. The paintings inside the church..awsome.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Bucharest, Romania
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Bucharest, Romania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Interesting place. Long walk inside the Park of the castle. The paintings inside the church..awsome.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Well worth a visit for an insight into Bulgaria's past. Lovely to walk around & Great views. the restored monastery with modern communist art is something completely different & fascinating. You will either love it or hate it...

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a good place to spend some time just strolling around and looking at the sites. Plan on spending a few hours here to get the full beauty.

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Bucharest, Romania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Autumn seemed to fit Tsaravets Fortress perfectly. The abundance of colors gave the fortress a more dramatic appearance and while wandering on its grounds I could not stop wondering about the events taking place during the centuries. Being up on the hill gave me a panoramic view and lots of things to reflect upon.

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California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I love fortresses, and this is a nice one! It's quite large and you can spend a few hours exploring different parts. Some is restored while some isn't. There are very nice views from various places in the fortress. The only negative to me was the modern art within the church. Too bad it doesn't represent the time of the... More 

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Zoetermeer, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Tsarevets fortress is situated on a hill of the same name that is situated in a bend of the Yantra River. The river almost wraps itself around the hill. The climb to the fortress is not very steep, as the town’s main road is also some distance above the river. The road that passes through the gates of the... More 

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Guimaraes, Portugal
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Huge fortress very weel recovered with lots of places for good photos. Great view over the city Very well iliminated at night

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2016

The whole fortress is not particularly spectacular with most of the buildings being reconstructed recently. The most interesting parts are the church on the top of the hill with modern art inside and the Baldwin tower in one of the corners. Worth a visit nevertheless

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2016

Great collection of old buildings and grounds in an area which dominated the landscape around Veliko Tarnovo. You can spend hours just wandering round here benefitting from great views of the town and the surrounding area.

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016

This fortress served as the primary fortress of the Second Bulgarian Empire between 1185 and 1393. At the end of that period it was besieged by the Ottomans and burnt down. The Patriarchal Cathedral of the Holy Ascension of God was reconstructed on the hilltop in 1981. It contains some very different, modernist style frescoes. In its time this fortress... More 

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