Old towns and Architectural reserves – Part II

Relax in village of Zheravna

The village of Zheravna is located in the Balkan Mountain, 12 km from the town of Kotel and 50 km from Sliven.

Zheravna is an architectural reserve with well-preserved and restored Revival houses, decorated with exquisite carvings, narrow cobblestone streets and numerous fountains. 172 houses in the village have been declared monuments of culture.

Among the most interesting buildings, accessible for tourists, are Chorbadzhi Rusi’s house, the native house of the famous Bulgarian writer Yordan Yovkov and the native house of the publicist Sava Filaretov.


Discover Arbanasi


Arbanasi is situated on a high plateau, 4 km from Veliko Turnovo. In the 17th century the local traders were famous and they traded throughout the Ottoman Empire.

The houses of rich traders of this period resemble small fortresses.

They have a strict and austere appearance, without balconies and verandas, with barred windows and tightly overlaid doors. Inside, however, the houses are rich and sumptuous.


Visit village Bozhentsi


The pretty village in Gabrovo area, called Bozhentsi, is one of the most beautiful architectural reserves in Bulgaria.

It is located 15 km east of Gabrovo and impresses with its well-preserved Revival houses and public buildings.

The magnificent two- and three storey houses attract the admiration of the visitors with their unique architecture. More than 100 of the houses in Bozhentsi are preserved in their authentic style. Nowadays the village is among the preferred destinations for country and eco tourism.


  Plovdiv and Old Town of Plovdiv


The most impressive reserve, which keeps the architectural monuments from the times of the Revival, is the Old Town of Plovdiv.

The architectural reserve Ancient Plovdiv provides a unique opportunity for walking through various eras in a small area, seeing ancient buildings adapted to modern life, and feeling the atmosphere of the city during the Revival The Amphitheatre, the Roman stadium, the ancient

Forum and the residential house Eyrene date back to the Roman age.

The eastern gate of the fortress walls – also known as Hissar Kapiya has remained from the Middle Ages. During the Revival, Plovdiv was an important economic center.

The city was home to many wealthy and educated people who travelled across Europe and brought new cultural currents. The rich merchants from Plovdiv showed their wealth by building beautiful, richly ornamented houses, which became emblematic of the Old Town


Discover Nessebar, The Pearl of The Black Sea


Walk through the ages in Nessebar, a relaxed resort town on the Black Sea.

Centuries of history still exist here, among busy shops, satisfying restaurants and a modern beachfront scene. Medieval walls, 18th century wooden homes and contemporary craft galleries charm and delight. Byzantine, Bulgarian and Ottoman influences shine in food, architecture, art and hospitality.

The panorama of the Eastern Orthodox world is at its finest here. See why travelers worldwide call this picturesque town The Pearl of The Black Sea.

Walk the treasures of old Nessebar, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Bulgaria. Tour the city’s magnificent historic churches, including the Church of St. Stefan, the Old Metropolitan Church, Christ Pantocrator Church and others.


Author: Ministry of tourism - www.visitmybulgaria.com

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