By now you are probably feeling inundated by all the monstrous Soviet Army monuments, the statues of "heroic" partizani and the other Socialist Realism constructions that dot the countryside from Vidin to Varna and from Silistra to Simitli. In fact,…
This mosque, known as Bayrakli Mosque, is one of dozens of surviving Ottoman structures in Bulgaria – a heritage landmark in the centre of a small town not far from Sofia.
The ancient fort crowned with a rock-hewn tomb near Momchilgrad, in the eastern Rhodope, has been overshadowed by nearby Perperikon, which is significantly larger.
Under Communism, this was a "closed" town and access to it was prohibited as it was perilously close to the border with capitalist Greece.
The Bulgarian National Anthem, Mila rodino, or Dear Fatherland, speaks of Bulgaria as an "Elysium on earth." But toponyms in this country referring to paradise are few and far between. In fact, you would be hard-pressed to find any.
Possibly the most infamous star in Bulgaria's history used to adorn the spire of the former Central Committee of the Bulgarian Communist Party widely referred to as "The Party House."
Even though urbanisation and industrialisation in Bulgaria started as early as the turn of the 19th Century, most really large-scale projects such as thermal and hydro power engineering, road construction and general infrastructure were started by the Communists after the…
Most of them are out of order, vandalised, have been neglected for many years, or just do not show the right time, but throughout the 20th Century street clocks were regularly installed at road intersections, on public buildings, railway stations,…
The people living in this part of northwestern Bulgaria are used to caves, grottoes and all kinds of rock formations. It is easy to see why – the whole area literally sits on a soft limestone bedrock, and the elements…
Stepping onto the rocky promontory that juts out 230 feet into the sea north of Balchik, you will see the last yet-untainted-byconstruction bits of the Bulgarian Black Sea coast.
Next to the small church, where a 19th Century massacre of Bulgarians took place, sits an actual Soviet fighter plane donated to their hometown by local soldiers born in 1949.
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