UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Bulgaria
- 19 Jun, 2017
As the French president Charles de Gaulle admitted in 1962: ”Bulgaria is the cradle of the European culture and civilization”, it is a fact that Bulgaria is one of the three magnificent European countries (together with Greece and Italy) with the most significant archeological and cultural heritage. Exploring it can turn to be the epic adventure of your lifetime to the greatest extent. While small in territory, Bulgaria has nine Unesco World heritage sites and sixteen more are pending. I would like to list them here in a chronological order and strongly suggest to include them in your trip since they make truly phenomenal and unique options for your pre – wedding, honeymoon, or any other type of events photos and videos.
1. The Ancient Town of Nessebar
Nessebar is a remarkable part of the Bulgaria Riviera where you can admire diverse architecture from more than the 3000 years old Thracian town Mesembria until the 19th century, along with the spectacular views of the Black Sea.
2. The Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak
It is located near the ancient Seuthopolis, the capital city of King Seuthes III, one of the mightiest Thracian rulers, and is a part of a large Thracian necropolis (“city of the dead” in Greek). Dated from 4th century B.C., it represents the amazing rituals and art of this glorious historical period.
3. The Thracian Tomb of Sveshtari
Another impressive burial site of a mighty Thracian king, dated from 3rd century B.C. which is a marvelous example of the ancient architecture. It is located in Northeast Bulgaria near Razgrad town.
4. Madara Rider
Madara rider is an exceptional work of art having no parallel in Europe. It is a very realistic sculpture representing a knight winning a lion and followed by a dog, carved in a rock during the 1st Bulgarian Empire, – the reign of the Khans Tervel and Omurtag at the beginning of 8th century A.D. It was most likely a sacred place before the official conversion to Christianity in the 9th century. It is located in Northeast Bulgaria.
5. Boyana Church
Situated near the capital Sofia, Boyana Church is a very well preserved Medieval Orthodox Church. Its building started in 10th century A.D. and its murals are among the finest examples of the Bulgarian medieval artwork which had the tendency to be very realistic thus marking a path for the European Renaissance.
6. Rila Monastery
Rila Monastery is the biggest Eastern Orthodox Monastery in Bulgaria and in the Balkan peninsula and it is located in the Rila mountain in the Southwest of Bulgaria. It was founded in 10th century by the the first Bulgarian hermit Ivan of Rila who lived in a nearby cave without any material possessions and spent his life in prayers and in dedication of helping others. He is proclaimed Patron Saint of all Bulgarians. Rila monastery is one of the most important spiritual, cultural, and historical sites of Bulgaria attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors every year.
7. Rock-Hewn Churches of Ivanovo
A complex of churches, chapels and monastery cells dug between 12th and 14th centuries in solid rocks by hermits during the Medieval period. The frescoes here reveal again the exceptional artistry and expression which set apart the Bulgarian medieval art from the canons of the Byzantine (Eastern Roman Empire’s) art. The complex is situated near the town of Ruse.
8. Pirin National Park
National park Pirin is part of one of the most beautiful mountains in the Balkans – Pirin in the Southwest part of Bulgaria. The mountain is named after Perun, the highest god of the Slavic pantheon who was the god of thunder and lightning. The breathtaking mountain landscapes of the park include over 70 glacial lakes with crystal clear water, evergreen forests and stunning alpine meadows below the magnificent white summits. Pirin is a truly outstanding place for hiking and skiing.
9. Srebarna Nature Reserve
Srebarna is unique freshwater lake and wetland ecosystem close to Danube River. It is a true bird sanctuary on the migratory route between Europe and Africa. It is a home of close to 200 birds species, some of them very rare and under protection.