Dolen is an old village of Thracian origins on the south-western part of Bulgaria. It's famous for his Rhodopean houses, built in stone and wood. The place is very quiet, you get special feelings walking around the stoned paths in silence...
Well, it's nice to explore the city on your own, but there are so many things and historical info that taking the Sofia free tour is the best way to get to know the city. It is run by volunteers and they will take you around for 3 hours. Thanks guys!
built in the mid - 14th century this wonderful & unusually designed church which also has a bell tower is probably the most unique structure in all of Nessebar its makes for a excellent visit & very photographic .
come at marvel at the wonderful fresco's in this beautiful church which is in wonderful condition ....1st constructed in the 11 century AD .then reconstructed in the 16th century with some features such as the pulpit then added in the 18th century ...
another wonder of Nessebar the Basilica was originally built in the 6th century AD & in the 14th Century AD became a monastery .it also has the remains of a stone tower beside it which was used as a means of defense against pirate raids sadly the basilica was abandoned over time & only rediscovered by archaeologists in the 20's .. loved this site it has a peaceful yet haunting feeling about it also its built right beside the sea with some lovely views & the basilica affords 1 some excellent photo opportunities to .
this church was originally built in the 5th century AD but was then rebuilt in the 9th century AD as part of a much more vast complex which housed the Bishops estate as well , the Venetians attacked the church in the 13th century AD around 1257 . my favorite place to visit in Nessebar was St Sofia you can only marvel at these ruins & wonder how grand a structure it once was . ideal for photographing for its the post card image of Nessebar .
these baths were once a magnificent structure & were built by the Byzantines during the reign of emperor Justine I in the 6th century AD .sadly they were mostly destroyed by the Khan Krum,s invasion in 812 AD. very interesting place to visit & photograph in my opinion you can actually go down to ground level & walking around & get a better appreciation & understanding of the site
Sozopol is a wonderful fishing village about 70 km's from sunny beach or 40 km's from Burgas city its a ideal place to relax & enjoy on at least a half a day excursion its has 3 museums all of which are fairly small the Archaeological , Ethnographic ,The Southern walls & fortress also a beautiful sandy beach some nice cafe's & places to grab a bite to eat . 3 working church's st George & Bogoroditsa & Zossim chapel . plus 2 ruins of churchs that you will enjoy photographing ....its real charm is its cobbled streets & beautiful wooden houses ..& its peace & quite ...Sozopol 1 of Bulgaria's best kept secrets
Varna is sprawling City with a rugged charm that is a perfect place to visit as it has a little bit of everything from beach's & a Dolphinarium to a magnificent Archaeological museum & fabulous Roman Thermae ...the city is home to some good cafe's & restaurants plus the locals are friendly & helpful ...its about 1 hr & half from Sunny Beach so its perfect a tourist excursion / day trip ....Enjoy your visit
Please note ( previous pages go into more detail in regards the museums mentioned & photo's shown in this things to do tip )
regardless of what you enjoy doing the small city of Burgas is an ideal day trip for any tourist staying in the Sunny beach or Sozopol area's . the city has culture , charm & is easily walked around on foot & has enough to keep you busy for a day . plenty of restaurants , museums & shops to . locals are friendly & helpful also .
I was wandering in which section to put this tip – Belogradchik or Vidin but finally I decided to write it here, in the main Bulgaria page as this is one of the symbols of the country. Belogradchik Rocks are participating in the competition for one of the 7-th miracles in the World!
They’re unique with their shape, the rocks also are often compared with faces of animals or other nature objects.
Rozden monastery is about 5 km north of Petrich town.. to get to it you will have to go trought town, on the main road and follow the winding road up the mountain.
Getting there with big car is nearly imposible, as in one point the road is very narow.
But is worth the truble as the settings of the monastery are incerdible in the middle of the mountain...
The monastery itself is build somethimes in the 700s AD, but they do not have official date for it. It is known tho that in 1300s the monastery was rebuild and extended as is know now..
The stonemasons from the town of Debar in Republic of Macedonia extended the small church and added sleeping quaters for the monks, hence it go the status of Monastery.
No body knows who was the behefactor or founder of the Church,, the truth is little is known about the history of the monastery, just that it was there..
Petre Filipovski -Garkata from village of Gari in Western Macedonia and his "tajfa" (team) has done the iconostases and the frescoes inside the extended church and I have to add is impresive.. His works can be seein in Sv Jovan Bigorski Monastery inear his village Gari, St Dimitrija Church in Bitola, Sv Gavril Lesnovski monastery and Sv Spas Church(Holy Savour ) in Skopje all in Macedonia ....
He and his team were building and decorating Orthodox churches & monasteries from Macedonia all the way to Ukraine...
The monastery has ample frescoes inside and outside and the colours are so vivid as it was painted yeasterday not few hungred yrs ago..
Unforunately is not alows to take photos inside but there is ample oportunity to do so on the outside nieve and walls..
There are sleeping quaters in the Monastery and sporadicly the monks let ppl stay , but is not "touristy" place.
More of the religious place.
But I guess they will put you up if it is too late to get to Petrich or any other town near by..
There is planty oportunity for hiking in and around the monastery.
This July (2011) many ppl left the cars ar the "tourist drop" ( some 2 km before the monastery) and hiked up.
At the tourist drop there are 2 small caffe/restaurants and very handy refreshing station complete with very clean toilet.
Also there are 3 local stands where you can also by some home made jams, honey, Petrich wine and more...
Here is the list of the 9 Bulgarian sites included in the UNESCO the World Heritage List:
Ancient City of Nessebar (1983)
Boyana Church (1979)
Madara Rider (1979)
Rila Monastery (1983)
Rock-hewn Churches of Ivanovo (1979)
Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak (1979)
Thracian Tomb of Sveshtari (1985)
Pirin National Park (1983)
Srebarna Nature Reserve (1983)
If you have the time, vist these places and you will see both the beuty of the Bulgarian nature and its past rich of historical events. The only site I am not sure that it is open to the publuc is Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak and may be the Thracian Tomb of Sveshtari.
Our flight arrived in Varna and we also made a day trip to the city that we could book in the hotel. We walked a bit through the city centre and visited the Varna Aquarium and the Maritime Museum which displayed a collection of marine guns and one of Bulgaria's first minesweepers.
Starosel is a village in Bulgaria,near Hisar
It is mainly known with the ancient Thracian sites, which date as far back as the 5-6 millennium BC. The village was in Antiquity an important and wealthy Thracian city in the 5th century BC, as evidenced by the diggings in the 20th century. Some of the sites include a large temple with a mausoleum in the Chetinova Mogila thumbs; the Horizont thumbs, where the only known Thracian temple featuring a colonnade (a Doric one) is located, as well as 9 other thumbs in the surrounding area.
I also stayed here on business and was very happy with the accomodations. The fitness facilities...more
3 Musala Street, Varna, Varna, 9000, Bulgaria
Good for: Couples
this hotel is a part of famous Turkish hotel chain "Dedeman" They have many hotels in Bulgaria...more
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