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.
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.
The ridge separating the fortress and the city is more apparent when viewing the city from inside the fort.
From the Tsarevets fortress, you can see parts of the reconstructions of the second fortress (Trapezitsa) on the neighboring hill.
The ruins in the fortress have been well preserved, for the most part.
Also, there are a lot of reconstructions, especially along the outer wall of the fortress.
At the top of the fortress is a reconstruction of the church that once stood there. The church is called the Patriarchal Cathedral of the Holy Ascension of God. It was built in the place of an early Christian church.
When you step inside the church, you realize that this is really not a reconstruction, but in fact, a complete reimagining of an early christian church with a modernist abstract expression.
For instance, consider this painting of Christ at the altar.
The murals along the walls and ceilings are absolutely stunning. Take a look.
The city seems to have taken this style in pretty well. You can see murals in a similar style all over the city. Here is an example.
In all, it was a very interesting visit, and worth your time, if you are a history buff.
Oh, and two notable missing images are that of Baldwin’s tower and the palace ruins. Unfortunately, I just forgot to photograph them. So here are images from the web as consolation.