Bulgaria

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  • 1. Magura Winery

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    Whether you're a keen oenophile or just enjoy a good class of wine, touring Magura Winery's cellars is a really fun way to pass an afternoon...Read More

  • 2. Alexander Nevski Church

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Named after the Russian Tsar who saved his country from invading Swedish troops in 1240, and who is also revered as a saint in Bulgaria, this...Read More

  • 3. Arbanassi Palace

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    The former palace of Todor Zhivkov, the then-People's Republic of Bulgaria last communist head of state, is today a hotel. It's run down and...Read More

  • 4. Art Gallery Nikola Petrov

    Museum/Gallery

    Housed in a beautiful neoclassical building from 1892 (the former Military Club), this gallery is named for local painter Nikola Petrov. Most...Read More

  • 5. Astronomical Observatory

    Observatory/Planetarium

    Just 100 meters from Belogradchik Fortress is the Astronomical Observatory which has three telescopes available for night sky viewing. Night...Read More

  • 6. Baba Vida Fortress

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    On the banks of the Danube is this well-preserved medieval fortress, which dates back to the 10th century and was a defensive stronghold though...Read More

  • 7. Balchik Old Town

    Historic District/Site

    Like Nessebar, Balchik can trace its history back more than 2,000 years to the Ancient Thracians. That history is not as immediately obvious...Read More

  • 8. Belogradchik Fortress

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    Parts of this well-preserved stronghold on the north slope of the Balkan date all the way back to when this area was part of the Roman Empire...Read More

  • 9. Belogradchik Rocks

    Mountain–Sight

    Running along the western slopes of the Balkans Mountains are these gorgeous rock formations, some of which stand more than 650 feet (200 m...Read More

  • 10. Boris Denev State Art Gallery

    Museum/Gallery

    This small gallery, inside Assenevtsi Park and next to the Assens' monument, is housed in a fine early 20th-century building. On display are...Read More

  • 11. Boyana Church

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Boyana Orthodox Church is both a charming and fascinating medieval structure in the southern outskirts of Sofia, on the lower slopes of Mt....Read More

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  • 12. Central Market

    Market/Bazaar

    The perfect place to take in the local color and try some of the traditional street snacks. Be on the lookout for dyuner ( döner kebabs)...Read More

  • 13. Chiprovtsi Historical Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    An hour outside Belogradchik is the town of Chiprovtsi, where this five-room museum displays objects related to the history of Chiprovtsi. The...Read More

  • 14. Chiprovtsi Monastery

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This monastery dedicated to Sveti Ivan Rilski (St. John of Rila) is in Chiprovtsi, a village an hour outside Belogradchik. The monastery, composed...Read More

  • 15. Church of Nativity

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The simple exterior looks more like a stone barn than a house of worship but Arbanasi's oldest church has exceptional artwork hidden within...Read More

  • 16. Church of the Archangels Michael and Gabriel

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The 17th-century church is hidden inside a handsome, tree-shaded stone building with terracotta roof—it looks more like a wealthy merchant's...Read More

  • 17. Convent of The Dormition of The Virgin

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Believed to have been built in the Middle Ages, this working convent has been plundered several times over its long history, and sections of...Read More

  • 18. History Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    A preserved National Revival-period home dating to 1810 houses the city's history museum, which is adjacent to the Natural Sciences Museum....Read More

  • 19. Ivan Vazov National Theater and City Gardens

    Park/Playground

    The performances at Bulgaria's national theater—also its oldest, having opened in 1907—may be almost exclusively in Bulgarian, but it is worth...Read More

  • 20. Konstantsalieva House

    House/Mansion/Villa

    You can tell the wealth of the former owner of this 17-century home by its most exclusive feature: an indoor toilet. True, it's less 'porcelain...Read More

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