"Tsaravets Fortress." Veliko Turnovo Things to Do Tip by Askla

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      The execution rock.
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Tsarevets castle compound is a medieval stronghold located on the hill with the same name. It served as the Second Bulgarian Empire's primary fortress from 1185 to 1393, housing the royal and the patriarchal palaces. It is now the most popular tourist attraction in town.

Until this date there has been 22 churches, 2 monasteries and lots of dwellings and craftsmans shops unearthed inside the walls (which once were up to 12 metres high) according to the information plaques.

There were three gates to protect the fortress of which now the outer one has been restored, the other are original.

Opening hours:
08.00 - 19.00 April - October
09.00 - 17.00 November - March

Buses 20,40,50 and 110 can be used to get there.

I happened to be there on September 22 and could watch the celebrations of the anniversary of the liberation from the Turks, which was declared on that date 1908 in the 40 Martyr's Church just down the the street from the fortress .


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  • Updated Dec 7, 2012
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