The River Yantra cuts through the town of Veliko Tarnovo, picturesquely situated against a backdrop of wooded hills. The erstwhile seat of the Second Bulgarian Empire, Veliko Tarnovo rose to fame when two Boliar brothers freed Bulgaria from the Byzantines. Bulgaria finally fell to the Ottomans, and when it was finally freed in 1877 it was Tarnovo that became the capital, before it ceded its position to Sofia two years later in 1879.
Tsarevets fortress has been beautifully restored to reflect its medieval era origins. Several churches dot the landscape and the city is home to one of Bulgaria’s finest universities. For the young at heart, Veliko Tarnovo is known for its vibrant nightlife. Varosha, the old town quarter, has a quaint charm of its own. Peel back the layers of history in this ancient Bulgarian capital with Exeter International.
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