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Bulgaria is a land rich in history and cultural heritage.

Bulgaria has a rich and diverse cultural heritage. A number of ancient civilizations, most notably the Thracians, Greeks, Romans, Slavs, and Bulgars have left their mark on the heritage of Bulgaria.

Bulgaria is punctuated by the kinds of places that some travellers dream of, with medieval monasteries and wondrous caves with ancient wall frescoes. There are remains of Greek temples to Apollo, Roman ruins as well as fortresses and palaces. To see how life used to be lived, visit old towns where folk arts are still practiced and festivals where folkloric legends are celebrated.

Since 681 there have been periods of war and periods of peace, both of which leave artifacts, monuments and a cultural heritage. One of these heritages are the Bulgarian Monasteries (some of which have been demolished and built again), but all are places where the culture of Bulgaria is preserved.

Monasteries are located all over Bulgaria, but they are mostly in the middle of Bulgaria near to the ancient capital town of Veliko Tarnovo. There are a lot of well known monasteries, but just a few kilometres away there are others such as the Plakovski monastery , the Kapinovski Monastery, the Monastery in Kilifarevo, Dryanovo and the Sokolski Monastery. Situated in the middle of all these monasteries is Geshaview. For more information visit the www.bulgariamonasteries.com website.

Bulgaria, Home to Nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites
UNESCO’s World Heritage is the “designation for places on earth that are of outstanding universal value to humanity and as such, have been inscribed on the World Heritage List to be protected for future generations to appreciate and enjoy.”

Excellent art, music and literature has made Bulgarians very proud of their culture which includes Thracian Treasures and ancient tombs. Geshaview is surrounded by Bulgaria’s heritage such as: Veliko Tarnovo - the ancient capital; Arbanassi - the merchants village; The Dryanovo Monastery of St. Archangel Michael; the National Revival village of Bojenci and many more.

The town of Tryavna first became a regional centre as early as XVIII century although earlier records indicating human settlement in Tryavna can be traced back to Thracian times.

The links on the right will, we hope, give a guide to the Bulgarian culture and historical sites that are within easy reach of the Geshaview village.
LINKS TO CULTURAL WEBSITES

100 TOURIST SITES OF BULGARIA
Wikipedia page with a listing of sites of cultural and historical significance.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/100_Tourist_Sites_of_Bulgaria

VELIKO TARNOVO
the medieval capital of Bulgaria has more than 7,000 years of history. www.velikoturnovo.info

GABROVO
Gabrovo sits in the Northern foot of the Balkan Mountain along the banks of the Yantra River. www.gabrovo.bg

ETAR, GABROVO
The Etar architectural ethnographic complex is the first one of its type in Bulgaria. www.etar.org

ARBANASSI
Arbanassi is known for its rich history and large number of historical monuments. www.arbanassi.org

BOJENCI (Bhozentsi)
The village is noted for its well-preserved Bulgarian National Revival architecture. www.bojentsi.com

DRYANOVO MONASTERY
The historical Dryanovo Monastery is situated in the picturesque gorge of the Dryanovo river. www.bulgarianmonastery.com

TRYAVNA
Human settlement in Tryavna can be traced back to Thracian times. www.tryavna.bg

TRYAVNA MUSEUMS
8 museums displaying the architecture, iconography, wood carving and modern art www.tryavna-museum.com

UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES
Nine sites in Bulgaria have been inscribed on the World Heritage List to be protected for future generations. whc.unesco.org/en/statesparties/bg

BULGARIAN MONASTERY
The ultimate guide to monastery tourism in Bulgaria! www.bulgarianmonastery.com

Bulgarian townDryanovo MonasteryTsaravets Castle Bulgaria

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Sokolsky Monastery, Photographer: Mariana Ivanova Ruseva

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Etar Complex, Photographer: BloodIce

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Arbanasi, Church of the Nativity, Photographer: Svilen Enev

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Dryanovo Monastery, Photographer: Nenko Lazarov

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Tryavna in Bulgaria

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