After the tour of Arbanassi I left for Veliko Tarnovo, it began to rain. I arrived at Veliko Tarnovo 3:00pm, it continued to rain.
Distant viw of the ruins, Tsarevets Castle in the rain.
Veliko Tarnovo is a city in north central Bulgaria and the administrative centre of Veliko Tarnovo Province.
Czar AsenⅡPlace and Samovodska Charshia in Veliko Tarnovo
Samovodska Charshia (market) square is where the people of nearby Samovoska village came to sell their home-grown produce in the second half of the 19th century.
Samovodska Charshia was quiet in the rain.
Walking to the booked hotel in the rain.
Yantra Grand Hotel and the reception Veliko Tarnovo
After taking a short rest in the hotel, I went out for a walk in the evening.
Monument of the Asen Dynasty.
Veliko Tarnovo is located on the Yantra River and is famously known as the historical capital of the Asen Dynasty, Second Bulgarian Empire, between 1187 and 1256. With its unique architecture, it is attracting many tourists.
Dense houses on the bank of Yantra River.
Veliko Tarnovo, with a population of 72,938 inhabitance, is an important administrative, economic, educational, and cultural centre of Northern Bulgaria.
Night view from my hotel room.
The next morning I went out to explore the historical town of Veliko Tarnovo.
Monument Mother Bulgaria
The monument of Mother Bulgaria is dedicated to those killed in 4 wars – Russo-Turkish 1877-1878 Serbo-Bulgarian 1885, Balkan wars 1912-1913 and First World War.
The Mother of Bulgaria
In the crypt of the memorial eternal flames are burning, and on top of it the statue of Mother Bulgaria is kneeling with flag in hand. The memorial complex is built in the flower garden with benches.
From the Mother of Bulgaria, walking to the ruins of “Tsarevets”
The ruins of Tsarevets Fortress.
Tsarevets is a medieval stronghold located on a hill with the same name in Veliko Tarnovo. It served as the Second Blugarian Empire’s primary fortress and the strongest bulwark from 1185 to 1393, housing the royal and the patriarchal palaces.
Ruins of Tsarevets
View from the ruins
Patriarchal Cathedral of the Holy Ascension of God
The Gate of the Patriarchal Cathedral of St. Ascension of the Lord
The Patriarchal Cathedral of the Holy Ascension of God is a former Eastem Orthodox cathedral in the city of Veliko Tarnovo. Located on top of the fortified Tsarevets hill in the former capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire, the cathedral was the seat of the Bulgarian patriarch from its construction in the 11th–12th century to its destruction in 1393.
The interior of the cathedral.
The cathedral was mentioned in a number of medieval sources. One of the earliest described the transfer of the relics of Saint Michael the Warrior to the cathedral on the order of Tsar Kaloyan, who ruled 1197-1207. In the late 14th century the last Patriarch of Tarnovo, Saint Evtimiy, referred to it in his writings as the “great patriarch’s Cathedral of the Holy Ascension.”
Mural painting of the Patriarchal Cathedral, Veliko Tarnovo.
The cathedral was destroyed along with everything else in the fortress when the Ottomans captured it in 1393. It was fully reconstructed in 1978-1981, which you will note was during the communist rule of Bulgaria.
These are somehow mysterious cathedral wall paintings.
After the Cathedral I was wandering about Tsarevets Hill.
Leaving Tsarevets Ruins for the old town of Veliko Tarnovo
Main Street of Veliko Tarnovo; Walking to the old town.
I got back to the square of Bulgaria Mother and will be going to roam the old town of Veliko Tarnobo from now on.
Monument of the hanged; Walking in the old town of Veliko Tarnovo.
The monument of the hanged is located at the foot of the historic Varosha neighborhood in Veliko Tarnovo, at the place where the participants in the April uprising in the First Turnovo Revolutionary District are hanged.
Samovodska Charshiya Street in the Old Town.
Step into the alley of the old town of Veliko Tarnovo, there are stone houses on the stone pavement. A market named Samovodskata is welcoming tourists.
Traditional houses in the old town of Veliko Tarnovo.
Souvenir shop in old town of Veliko Tarnovo
Small stores such as goldsmiths, ceramics, woven fabrics, leather goods, wood carvings, paintings, embroidery and lace handicrafts have been erected since ancient times and you will become fun just by looking and walking.
Street art in the old town of Veliko Tarnovo.
Somehow, this is a pleasant picture.
Unique street art, old town of Veliko Tarnovo
Boundary between Old and New town, and New Town of Veliko Tarnovo
I arrived at the boundary between old town and new town, the houses are densely packed on the slope beyond the Yantra River.
Monument of Asen Dynasty is from here.
I’m going to the monument of the Asen Dynassty and will take some photos.
Walking to the monument.
The Asen dynasty founded and ruled a medieval Bulgarian state, called in modern historiography the Second Bulgarian Empire, between 1187 and 1256.
Monument of the Asen Dynasty
The Asen dynasty rose as the leaders of Bulgaria after a rebellion against the Byzantine Empire at the turn of the year 1185, 1186 caused by the increase in the Imperial taxes.
Veliko Tarnovo was Capital of the Asen Dynasty, Bulgaria
It is time to part from Veliko Tarnovo. Farewell! After this I’m going to the next distination Kazanlak, Bulgaria.
A celebrity from Veliko Tarnovo; Sumo wrestler Kotoōshū Katsunori (琴欧洲 勝紀), his legal name is “Karoyan Andō,” Who was born February 19, 1983 as Kaloyan Stefanov Mahlyanov in veliko tarnovo, Bulgarian.
Kotooshu receives the Emperor’s Cup for winning the May 2008 tournament. His retirement sumo match, with his parents and wife.
In January 2014 Kotoōshū obtained Japanese citizenship, a requirement of becoming an elder in the Japan Sumo Association, and he announced his retirement during the following tournament in March. In April 2017 he opened his own training stable, Naruto.