On St. Athanasius Day, worshippers from near and far flood the monastery near Chirpan

We do not need to travel thousands of kilometers to reach holy Christian places and “drink from the miraculous well” of Orthodox faith. Hundreds of churches and monasteries were built on Bulgarian territory with the faith and the hope..

published on 1/18/20 8:00 AM

Asen’s Fortress wrapped in mysticism and legends

A hard-to-reach fortress rose on a solitary ridge, which was towering above the Asenitsa River. This place built high in the rocks was once sheltering Thracians, Romans, Byzantines, Western Europeans, Bulgarians and Ottomans. One..

published on 12/23/19 9:00 AM

Marcianopolis – an ancient city with amazing Roman mosaics

It was in the vicinity of one of the Devnya karst springs in the Roman province of Lower Moesia (Moesia inferior) that the Roman Emperor Trajan (98-177 AD) stopped with his army. His sister Marcia sent her maid to fetch water, but..

published on 12/15/19 10:10 AM

“Thracian art in the Eastern Rhodopes” museum centre turns 10

In 2000 archaeologist Dr. Georgi Kitov and his team discovered, in the Roshava Chuka mound in the vicinity of Alexandrovo village near Haskovo, a Thracian tomb dated to the 4 th century BC. The high artistic value of the frescoes and the..

published on 5/18/19 9:05 AM

Ancient polis of Heraclea Sintica revealing its secrets

The feet of Thracians, Greeks, Macedonians, Romans, Illyrians, Celts, and Egyptians walked along the marble slabs of the polis square. Streets branched towards temples, ateliers and shops, while the forum was the place to look for justice and to..

published on 6/17/18 8:00 AM

Etropole Monastery – a century of preserving culture and literature

In its centuries-old history, the Etropole Monastery "St. Trinity", also called "Varovitets", has been preserving valuable pages decorated by skilled artists. Here hundreds of years ago, one of the most productive literary schools in Bulgarian..

published on 10/29/17 10:10 AM

Cape Kaliakra - natural and architectural oasis

Cape Kaliakra is one of the most picturesque places along Bulgaria’s Black Sea coast. The narrow rocky peninsula cuts 2 kilometers through the sea. Its steep slopes are 60-70 meters high. The waves have cut deep niches and caves..

published on 9/9/17 8:00 AM

The Seven Rila Lakes and the fascination they hold

As a result of glacial erosion during the Quaternary era, clusters of lakes were formed in the higher reaches of Rila Mountain, an essential element of the landscape. The string of the seven lakes of Rila is the longest, most scenic and most..

published on 4/8/17 8:30 AM

Regional Museum of History in Turgovishte, a Revival-time building showcasing ancient artifacts

The Regional Museum of History in Turgovishte in the old, Revival-time part of town, called Varosha, houses over 30,000 exhibits. Some of the artifacts, discovered by archaeologists in these parts, go as far back as the Neolithic age. The..

published on 12/26/16 9:15 AM

Levski’s Karlovo house built up back from ashes, now sanctuary

The house of Vasil Levski, Bulgaria’s national hero and organizer of the anti-Ottoman movement in the 19th c. has always been one of the most visited memorial museums in this country. The building itself is modest and its style is typical for..

published on 6/12/16 9:00 AM