Since the most of the places of interest are closed on Sunday and on Monday, it is better to visit Pleven on the other days of the week. Only Pleven Panorama works without a break, and of course the church St. Nicolas.
The tourist information office is located next the town hall, on the main square, in front of the chapel-mausoleum.
Pleven municipality occupies the middle part of the Danube plateau. It is located in the heart of Mizia area, an agricultural region, fenced by medium in height lime hills. The central location in Northern Bulgaria determines its importance as a major administrative, political, cultural and transportation center. Pleven town is located 170 km from the capital Sofia, 320 km from the Black sea coast, 30 km from Danube river, 130 km from the “Danube Bridge” and around 70 km from the Balkan Range. The access to the town is by first class highway Sofia-Varna (E83), by second class road Nikopol-Pleven (II-34), blacktop Lovetch-Pleven (II-35). To reach the town on Danube river one has to pass Somovit harbor that is 31 km from Pleven. Presently construction works are going on to restore the airport in Dolna Mitropolia which is 10 km away from the town.
Pleven is a town with millennium history. The earliest traces for man life and activities date to the end of New Stone Age when agricultural and animal-raising tribes inhabited these places. In III-I II century A.C. Pleven was conquered by the Romans who turned it into a fortress under the name of “Storgozia”. The Slavs came here at the end of VI century and the beginning of VII c. The archeological finds show that the life in the Kailaka settlement continues during the Middle Age. The present name of the town is mentioned for the first time in a document, dated 1266.
The name of Pleven becomes world famous during the Russian-Turkish War in 1877-1878. The decisive outcome of this war and the liberation of Pleven is on 10 December, 1877. The press in the whole of Europe reflects the event.
The town has preserved till nowadays its cultural-historical inheritance and is well known as the town of the museums. Pleven is in a zone of moderate-continental climate characterized by significant temperature amplitudes. The summer is hot and the winter is cold. The flat country facilitates the easy penetration of winds with the predominance of eastern and western winds. The annual monthly temperature is 10,80C. The maximum average monthly rainfalls amount to 1201 mm/square meters. The water resources are collected from Vit and Tuchenitza rivers as well from Karsts springs, artesian wells and underground waters.
Pleven municipality occupies an area of 812,098 square km. (18,74% from the territory of Pleven district and 0,73 from the territory of Bulgaria). There are 25 populated areas in the municipality in these number 2 towns - Pleven and Slavianovo.
The residents on the territory of the municipality amount to 198 420. The first place with regard to population density is taken by Pleven with 185 000 inhabitants. Here is concentrated 38% of the municipality population. Pleven is the seventh great town in Bulgaria and function as the key center in the Western part of Northern Central region. Due to this fact the population density on the territory of the municipality is - 185,9 inhabitants per square km, which is one of the highest for the country. The degree of urbanization in the municipality (the ratio of town and village population) is 89:12 at the average for the country 68:12.
Bulgarians - 94%,
Gypsies and Turks - 5%,
others - 1%.
Eastern Orthodox - 90% of the municipality inhabitants.
Roman-Catholics - 5%.
THE MOST IMPORTANT THING when...
THE MOST IMPORTANT THING when you visit Pleven is to visit its Panorama hall. Nowadays there are 33 panoramas all over the world. One of them with the biggest dimensions is constructed in Pleven, about 170 km to the north-west of Sofia. Pleven is one of the largest Bulgarian towns with a millennium history and full of historical sights. Pleven became internationally famous with the five-months battles during the Russian-Turkish war 1877-78 as a result of which Bulgaria was liberated from the 500 years of Ottoman yoke. The Pleven Epopee 1877 Panorama depicts these events combining painting, plastics and architecture in a whole art work. It was painted by a team of 11 Russian and 2 Bulgarian artists, author N. Ovetchkin, Moscow, Russia
The Panorama was officially unveiled on 10 December 1977.
Everything there is so realistic that whereever you stay you feel as if you're in the center of the battlefield!!!
Try that out!!!!!
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Most of the places of interest in Pleven are related to the Russo-Turkish war (1977-1978). The Siege of Pleven (aka The Siege of Plevna) last for 5 months and was the major struggle in the war.
For details see Siege of Pleven
Pleven - a mix of history and modern spirit
"History and general information on Pleven"
My hometown Pleven is located in the northern part of Bulgaria. It's a very old town with a rich history. The earliest traces of human settlement in the area date from the 5th millennium BC. The town itself was founded by the Thracians, after that it was a Roman fortress named Storgozia; the Slavonic tribes have inhabited it during the Dark Ages and have given it the name Kamenets. The name Pleven was first mentioned in a medieaval document from 1266.
During the centuries of the Turkish yoke over Bulgaria it have become an important military and trade centre. The siege of Pleven has become one of the strategic battles during the Russian-Turkish war of 1877-1878 and turned into an emblem of the Bulgarian liberty.
Today Pleven is a major economic centre of the Bulgarian Northwest and Central North and the third largest city of Northern Bulgaria after Varna and Rousse.
The town has its own unique atmosphere, you can visit its numerous museums (for instance the famous Mausoleum and the Panorama that have become town emblems), the water cascade in the centre and the beautiful Kailuka park nearby Pleven.