Veliko Tarnovo is one of the most ancient Bulgarian towns. The picturesque situation and panoramic view of the town,
its rich cultural and historical heritage wins Veliko Tarnovo the recognition as a historical, cultural and tourist
center of contemporary Bulgaria.
The town was founder of the foot of the Northern Fore - Balkan Range. Historians date it back to the 4th millennium
BC. The town of Veliko Tarnovo had inherited centuries-old Prehistoric, Thracian and Antique culture and in 1185 it
became a center of the Bulgarian Uprising against Byzantine domination and the capital of the restored Bulgarian
state. The medieval town of Tarnovo was rapidly expanding and developed into the strongest Bulgarian fortress during
the 12-14th centuries. It become the most significant political, economic, cultural and religious centre of Bulgaria.
The Tarnovo Schools of Literature and Arts were established and developed here. Remarkable architectural monuments
were created; miniature and monumental painting, literature, plastic arts and crafts achieved high artistic level.
Modern Veliko Tarnovo is a town - museum rich in many cultural museums and monuments and architectural preserves.
Every year the town is visited by thousands of tourists from Bulgaria and from abroad. It is a prime concern of the
whole nation to study and preserve the numerous historical and architectural monuments, the rich museums and the
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