May 25, 2019 – Veliko Tarnovo Tour and on to Bucharest, Romania
This morning we meet Roumen, an archeologist from Veliko Tarnovo who is also a tour guide, who gives us a very interesting tour of the Old City and the Tsarevets Hill Fortress.
Returning to Veliko, we make a photo stop at the Monument of the Asenevtsi Kings, built in 1985 on the occasion of national celebrations of 800 years of the uprising of the brothers Asen and Peter and the proclamation of Tarnovo as the capital of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom (1185 – 1393). The monument is dedicated to the four Bulgarian Kings – Assen, Peter, Kaloyan and Ivan Asen II. During their management Bulgaria reached a peak in its development as country and the capital Tarnovo is one of the most remarkable and powerful cities in Europe.
We drive a short distance to the nearby village of Arbanassi to enjoy a private choir performance at the tiny but ornate Church of the Nativity of Christ.