Veliko Tarnovo is a city in north central Bulgaria and the administrative centre of Veliko Tarnovo Province. Often referred to as the “City of the Tsars”, Veliko Turnovo is located on the Yantra River and is famous as the historical capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire, attracting many tourists with its unique architecture. The old city is situated on three hills, Tsarevets, Trapezitsa and Sveta Gora raising amidst the meanders of the Yantra. Tsarevets housed the palaces of the Bulgarian Emperors and the Patriarchate, as well as a number of administrative and residential edifices surrounded by thick walls. Trapezitsa was known for its many churches and as the main residence of the nobility. In the Middle Ages it was among the main European centres of culture and gave its name to the Tarnovo Artistic School of architecture, painting and literature. Veliko Tarnovo is an important administrative, economic, educational and cultural centre of Northern Bulgaria.
One of Bulgaria’s primary tourist destinations, Veliko Tarnovo boasts many historical monuments and landmarks, such as
ruins of the castle Tsarevets on the hill of the same name, which housed the royal and patriarchal palace
Trapezitsa, the second fortress of the inner city on the right bank of Yantra
Church of St Demetrius of Thessaloniki, SS. Forty Martyrs Church, Church of SS. Peter and Paul,the numerous Bulgarian National Revival buildings with their typical architecture museum of the Bulgarian Revival and the Constituent Assembly, located in the old Ottoman municipal building built by Nikola Fichev,Archeological Museum, which keeps numerous founds and remains of the ancient history of these lands, Samovodska Charshia, the old trade street which sheltered skilful craftsmen through the Revival Period and even today many of the houses and the workshops are fully restored, the House with the Monkey and Mother Bulgaria monument, both on the main street
Gurko Street, an illustration of Bulgarian Revival architectural style where it is possible to visit the Sarafkina House, church of St. Constantine and Helena, with panoramic view over the Yantra River and the Asens’ Monument, Stambolov’s Bridge, which is the way to the Asens’ Monument and the City Art Gallery