Veliko Tarnovo is included in the UNESCO Tentative List of cities and sites that represent World Heritage. The information was announced after a meeting between the town mayor Daniel Panov and the General Director of UNESCO – Irina Bokova. They discussed the nomination of the Old Bulgarian Capital for the list.
The town will apply with the Old Town, as well as with the medieval churches in Asenov Quarter and Arbanassi village. By the end of the year the sites should be entered in the Tentative List of UNESCO, after which begins the actual procedure.
These are the residences of the most prominent nobles and the Royal family, as well as family chapels that were situated on the Tsarevets Hill in the past. Still nowadays you can enjoy the fortress walls and several partially restored buildings on the hill. Currently Tsarevets is an architectural and archaeological open-air museum in which the visitors can immerse in the authentic atmosphere of the Bulgarian Middle Ages. The Patriarchal Church is fully restored as well as the famous Baldwin tower, where the Latin Emperor was imprisoned, captured by Tsar Kaloyan.
All parts of the Old town of Veliko Tarnovo – Varusha Quarter, Gurko Street and the Samovodska craft trade-street, show to the visitors the atmosphere of Bulgarian Revival in the second half of the 19th century. The Samovodska craft trade-street complex consists of restored and adapted Revival houses. In the close proximity of it is the famous Hadji Nikoli’s inn, the House with the Monkey, the St. Nicholas Church. There are a number of buildings with historical value, as well as several museums in the old town, too.
You can find out much more, while walking the streets of Veliko Tarnovo. Some of our escorted tour programmes are going to help you to experience the town’s unique atmosphere.