Audio-visual show “Sound and Light”
The audio-visual show “Sound and Light” is a unique attar–ction in Europe. There are only three such attractions in the world today. Dramatic music, beautiful lights, lasers and church bells tell the glorious and tragic story of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom (1185-1393). The spectacle is a unique show and is part of the magic of Veliko Tarnovo. Hundreds of lights and three lasers depict various events in Bulgarian history such as, the battles against the Ottomans, the years of Turkish oppression and the revolutionary movement and subsequent liberation.
The Samovodska Charshia was founded in the 19th century when the city started to grow west of the business centre Bazhdarlak. Two streets were formed comprising of various trade facilities, craft stores and inns. One of the streets leads from a small square now known as Samovodski Bazaar. Following the liberation of this business area of the city the traditional trade premises and handicrafts were preserved. Several workshops are still working today, including a potter’s workshop, an armoury, a wood-carver’s, a shop which makes the traditional Turkish sweet ‘kadaif’, an artist’s studio for religious icons, a weaving workshop and a ...
The “Renaissance and Constituent Assembly” museum
The “Renaissance and Constituent Assembly” museum is located in the northern part of “Union” square in Veliko Tarnovo. The exposition is located in an old building once known as a ‘konak’. This architectural monument was built in 1872 by the famous renaissance master builder Kolio Ficheto. The exhibition is presented over three floors. On the first floor are monuments which illustrate the development of Christian art during the Turkish occupation. On the second floor are the most important monuments from the years of the national liberation struggle…
The “Holy Forty Martyrs” Church
The “Holy Forty Martyrs” church is the most famous medieval monument in Veliko Tarnovo. It was built and painted with frescoes by the Bulgarian ruler Ivan Assen II to honour the victory of the Bulgarians against the armies of the Epirian despot, Teodor Komnin, near Klokotnica on 22nd March, 1230. In the “Holy Forty Martyrs” church are some of the most important historical records including Omurtag’s column, Assen’s column, the border column from the stronghold Rodosto dating back to the reign of Khan Krum. Kaloyan’s excavation in October 1972 provoked huge interest in the church.