Stay 18 : Visitors to Bulgaria for the artisanal and culture

Stay 18 : Visitors to Bulgaria for the artisanal and culture.

Occidental Route

Stage 18/35 - 259 kms

0 km Troyan

99 kms Veliko Tarnovo

108 kms Razgrad

52 kms Shumen

carte Troyan a Shumen

Troyan : handicrafts, museum and numerous visitors to Bulgaria

Troyan Bulgarie

Troyan Bulgaria
© Nenko Lazarov - Wikipedia

One of the most picturesque cities in the Balkans, in Bulgaria, Troyan is very charming for its numerous visitors to Bulgaria. Presently, the traditional handicrafts museum in the central part of the town features a range of outstanding objects. Moreover, the visitors have the opportunity to get close to the handicraft works. Ten halls of the museum display the region’s typical handicraft. Many of them are still carried out today. The mountain climate and the scarcity of arable land in the region have urged the inhabitants of the town and neighbouring villages to boost the handicraft. During the national Renaissance, local craftsmen emerged as skilled potters, pyrograph makers, coopers, dressmakers, goldsmiths, coppersmiths and many others, whose works were highly regarded on the near and distant markets. Today, pottery and carpentry are the most popular.

Veliko Tarnovo : An unique attracting architecture town

Veliko Bulgarie

Veliko Bulgaria
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Veliko Tarnovo is a town in north-central Bulgaria. Often referred to as “the City of the Tsars”, Veliko Tarnovo attracts many tourists with its unique architecture. The old part of the town is located on three hills, namely Tsarevets, Trapezitsa and Sveta Gora, rising amidst the meanders of the Yantra. The palaces of the Bulgarian emperors and of the Patriarchate, the patriarchal cathedral, as well as a number of administrative and residential buildings, surrounded by thick walls, are on Tsarevets. Trapezitsa is known for its many churches and the nobility’s former main residence.

The city hosts many cultural, musical, theatrical activities, Bulgarian and foreign festivals. Today, the town is also one of Bulgaria’s biggest manufacturers of sweets. Probably, the greatest landmark is the Charevec hill. This hill and the castle were the most important site for the Second Bulgarian Empire. Many historical events happened in the town and its surroundings. The Trapezitza hill is also significant. In 2009, the hill’s restoration began. The old market, Samovodskata charshiya, shows traditions of crafts. The old streets, the squares, and the old houses reveal the Second Bulgarian Empire’s rich history.

Razgrad : Ancient Roman town 

Razgrad Bulgarie

Razgrad Bulgaria
© Vladimir Petkov - Wikipedia

Razgrad is a city in northern Bulgaria. It was built on the ruins of the ancient Roman town of Abritus on the banks of the Beli Rom River. Some of Razgrad’s monuments include the 19th century Varosha architectural complex, the ethnographic museum and several other museums, the typical clock tower in the centre built in 1864, the St. Nicolas the Miracle Worker Church from 1860, the Momina Cheshma sculpture, the Mausoleum ossuary of the liberators and the Ibrahim Pasha Mosque from 1530. In 251, the town was the site of the Battle of Abritus, during which the Goths defeated a Roman army led by the emperors Trajan Dèce and Hérennius Etruscus. The battle is noteworthy for being the first occasion when a Roman emperor got killed in a battle with the barbarians.

The Thracian Tomb of Sveshtari

The Thracian Tomb of Sveshtari is located 42 km northeast of Razgrad, in the northeast of Bulgaria. Discovered in 1982 in a mound, this 3rd century BC renowned Getic  tomb shows the fundamental construction principles of Thracian religious building.  The tomb’s architectural decor is considered to be unique, with polychrome half-human, half-plant caryatids and its painted murals. The ten female figures carved in high relief on the central chamber’s walls and the decorations of the lunette in its vault are the only examples of this kind found so far on the Thracian land. In 2012, archaeologists discovered a significant treasure near the village. The treasure included a golden ring, 44 female figure representations and 100 golden buttons, found in 150 tombs of the 4th century BC.

Discovering Shumen : its fortress

Shumen is Bulgaria’s tenth largest city  and the administrative and economic capital of the Shumen Province. It boasts the Monument to 1300 Years of Bulgaria, regarded as the only monument in the world depicting the history of a whole country, from its creation to the present day. The Shumen Fortress, partially restored after being destroyed by the Ottomans in the past, is an important historical monument of the medieval Bulgarian Empire. It is located not far from the city on the Shumen Plateau.

The Madara Rider : 

The Madara rider, a World Heritage Site and an only such example of medieval rock art in Europe, is an ancient monument usually attributed to the Bulgarian culture and lies about 20 km from Shumen. The Madara Rider features on the tails of the Bulgarian currency lev and in Shumen’s seal.

Practical services

Razgrad : Hotel Cartoon Razgrad

Razgrad : Hotel GabriSa

Razgrad : Hotel Accent

Shumen : Grand Hotel Shumen

Shumen : Hotel Avenue

Shumen : Boutique hotel The Castle

Shumen : Central Hotel

Shumen : Hotel Rai

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