Small town Bulgaria

I had a really good time visiting Mira’s family in Sevlievo, Bulgaria.  I am intrigued by the culture and sensibilities in small town Bulgaria.

We started with visiting the old St. Prophet Eliah Church. The last place I was allowed to take photos was the entrance. It was pretty quaint on the inside, but we were not allowed to take any pictures.

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Shipka Memorial Church

Shipka memorial church is a Bulgarian Orthodox church built in the style of a Russian Orthodox church.

The front of the Shipka Memorial Church

The front of the Shipka Memorial Church

It was build during late 19th century as a dedication to the Bulgarian, Russian, and Ukrainian soldiers who lost their lives in liberating Bulgaria from the Ottoman empire. The gold plated domes are of typical Muscovite style from the late 19th century.

The inside, however, looks a lot like a Bulgarian Orthodox church.

There is a crypt in the basement that has graves that serves as a memorial for and contains remains of the soldiers who lost their lives in battles of Shipka Pass during the Russo-Turkish war.

Tsarevets: a photo essay

Tsarevets fortress was a medieval stronghold of the erstwhile Second Bulgarian Empire located near the city of Veliko Tarnovo (which was also the capital city of that empire). While the fortress is in ruins, the recent reconstructions and restorations make it worth visiting.

View of the fortress from the city.

View of the fortress from the city.

The fortress itself is situated on top of a hill of the same name. The stronghold consisted of two forts, one on each hill. You can see the ruins of the second fort on the hill in the left hand side of the photograph above. The second fort is not reconstructed well enough to attract tourists.

Let’s step inside.

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