Located in the northern reaches of the Rila, this peak of 2,729 metres above sea level is the symbol of Bulgarian rock climbing and mountaineering.
Bulgaria does not have many forts and castles – at least not in comparison to Scotland or Romania – and there are good historical reasons for that. Still, it does have a few, charming reminders of the Middle Ages and…
Usually, winter comes as a surprise to Bulgaria's biggest town. This is the standard explanation that the City Council folk give when there is over in inch of snow and the traffic, especially away from the main roads, gets completely…
This is one of Bulgaria's most popular seaside resorts at a time when... very few visitors come. The 6th of December, in Orthodox hagiography the feast day of St Nicholas – revered also as the protector of seamen, is celebrated…
This is possibly the biggest Communist-era monstrosity in Bulgaria, outshining even the Flying Saucer congress hall-cum-temple at Buzludzha. It was erected in 1981 as part of a megalomaniacal project masterminded by Todor Zhivkov's daughter to mark the 1,300th anniversary of…
In the past, this huge rock in the Black Sea housed a monastery, a prison, a lighthouse and a restaurant.
Perched on top of a Balkan mountain peak, this strange monument, which was abandoned many years ago and now stands in ruins, has recently acquired something of a cult following.
During the Second World War Bulgaria never declared war against the Soviet Union. However, in the period 1941-1944 the Soviet Union did conduct undeclared warfare against Bulgaria, especially along the Black Sea coast where Soviet submarines torpedoed Bulgarian ships and…
About 1,500 years ago, this astonishing mosaic of a stag was part of the decoration of an elaborate baptismal pool of a church in one of the great ancient cities of what is now Bulgaria. Recently restored, the stag, along…
There is no chance anyone has crossed this pontoon bridge on their own volition. It leads to an island in the Danube, which during Communism was a political prisoners' camp.
Obviously, this is not a Paris, not even a Copenhagen, but if you dare take your eyes off the uneven pavements you will see very interesting things. Strange faces of allegories and mythic creatures look down at you. Most of…
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