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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    City Park

    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

    Historic Home

    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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