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Address: ul. Stefan Stambolov, Veliko Tarnovo 37100, Bulgaria
Phone Number: 35962638841
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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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Great use of a monument

The fortress is huge. There's a lot to see and many things to climb on during the day. At night, operas are performed on the "Theatre for the ages" stage. Tonight, I saw Nambucco... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Maria G
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Dunwoody, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The fortress is huge. There's a lot to see and many things to climb on during the day. At night, operas are performed on the "Theatre for the ages" stage. Tonight, I saw Nambucco by Verdi. It was wonderful. After that I also saw the sound and light show.

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Thank Maria G
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The fortress occupies a large hill overlooking the river and town. It has a fascinating history and a lot has been unearthed or reconstructed. You climb to the top - with difficulty at our age - and what you find there is a relatively modern church with some very modern paintings inside. Its provides a good view but is hardly... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The most interesting stop in Veliko Tarnovo. Perfect place for taking great pics of the city panorama. Totally recommended.

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Thank Irina M
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Gorgeous site. Fun to walk around. Very neat history. I do reiterate the need for solid walking shoes or hiking boots. You will need them! Beautiful scenery. Bring a water bottle too.

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Thank Marnie J
Poznan, Poland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The ruins are quite interesting, especially when you get to know its history. Unfortunately it didn't preserve in huge part so not many buildings are available to explore. The sound and light show in the evening was very impressive and worth seeing.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Wear good walking shoes and be prepared for many steep steps and poor footing. Visit on a good day and take your water bottle, particularly as it can get extremely hot on the exposed site. It is a beautiful location itself, has lovely views of the river, old city and opposite hills and has interesting remains of city walls, city... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stunning archeological landscape Not suitable for young children as lots of steps and not entirely safe( in my opinion) Beautiful church at the top A must see and do in VT

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Take comfortable shoes because there's gonna be some walking! Don't forget the water! Amazing view and friendly staff!

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Thank Madalina M
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The three hills on which the 2nd Bulgarian Empire's stood must have been quite an impressive scene in its days. Even today, with the partial reconstruction done on the centre hill you stand amazed at the scene. The total length of the fortress wall is close to 3km. Inside the fortress walls several churches were built of which some remains... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The place is huge and the entrance price, especially for students, is very low. I'm sure it was absolutely incredible in its glory days and is still impressive now. Very much worth a visit, although it's mostly open air so bring water and maybe try not to go during the high heat. I have a degree and several years professional... More 

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