This is where Bulgaria ends and Big Wide World begins. Located at the country's southeastern tip, on the shore of a river, this village used to be cut off from both the world and Bulgaria itself during 50 years of…
A famous Bulgarian media-savvy archaeologist recently suggested that he had uncovered a Knight Templars' cemetery in northeastern Bulgaria – the first-of-its-kind, one-of-a-kind. The newspapers picked up the story, but serious scholars were quick to dismiss the claims as yet another…
In the 19th Century the people living in this town in the Stara Planina had a peculiar source of local pride - unrelated to their bustling industry or the intricate woodcarvings and icons produced by local artists. Its source was…
About at least 3,000 years ago, the Thracians in the Eastern Rhodope developed a strange rite. They would choose peculiarly shaped rock formations or steep stone walls and hew in them trapezoid niches. Some would be close to the ground,…
One of the ugliest human-made follies in Bulgaria and possibly in southeastern Europe, a monument meant to bolster "national consciousness" and make Bulgarians proud of their history, was made in 1981, ahead of a major Communist Party congress.
First described by classical geographer Strabo, this cape, jutting for 2 kilometres out to sea in the easternmost reaches of Bulgaria, was the site of a major battle between the Russians and the Ottomans in the 18th century, reputed to…
Unlike most of its neighbours, Bulgaria is not particularly renowned for its islands - for a reason: it has but a handful of them, the largest being less than a square mile in size. Some of those are just rocks…
There are times when even hard-boiled sceptics tired of discovering that much-boasted Bulgarian "tourist gems" are not exactly anything to write home about give up, as their jaws pop open at the sight of a little known yet truly remarkable…
Nestled in the northern hills of the Balkan range midway between Tryavna and Gabrovo this small village used to be a sleepy backwater with just a handful of indigenous residents.
Located in northeastern Bulgaria, in a region called "Ludogorie" – or Mad Forest – this saintly tomb is a part of the Sboryanovo Archaeological Reserve that boasts at least 140 cultural heritage sites.
Following years of incompetent management, neglect and theft, the Bulgarian State Railways system is now in tatters. Many stations have been closed, demolished or just abandoned, and the railways' staff are constantly engaged in industrial action to prevent more closures…
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