Bulgaria is rich in history and tradition. Everywhere you go you will find an interesting building, monument or statue. Bulgarians old and young are very proud of their history and culture and once you’ve visited these spectacular historic places in Bulgaria you will understand why.
Take a look at our must see historic places in Bulgaria.
Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
Pictured left is the St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. Situated in the heart of the capital, Sofia. This beautifully designed cathedral covers an area of 3,700 sq. metres and can hold up to 10,000 people. It was completed in 1912 and is one of the largest Eastern Orthodox cathedrals in the world.
National History Museum
The National History Museum was founded in 1973 and is the largest museum in Bulgaria. The museum holds over 700,000 cultural monuments inside and tells the story of Bulgarian history dating back to the 7th century. Read more.
Rila Monastery is the largest monastery in Bulgaria and is situated in the Rila Mountains. It was founded in the 10th Century by Saint Ivan of Rila and is one of the nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Bulgaria. Read more.
Veliko Tarnovo is situated in central northern Bulgaria and is around 220kms from Sofia and 212kms from Plovdiv. Known as the historical capital of Bulgaria, Veliko Tarnovo is a 500 year old town and a beautiful place to visit. You will find many museums and monasteries bursting with ancient history alongside modern restaurants and bars. Read more.
Vrana Park and Palace
Vrana was bought by King Ferdinand in 1898 and construction
of the palace began in 1909. During the communism the monarchy was abolished and Vrana became the residence of Georgi Dimitrov however it was returned to King Simeon and his sister in 1998. It has been open to the public since 2013. Read more.
The Roman Theatre of Philippopolis
It’s not often that you find a Roman Theatre dating back to 98-117 AD and a Roman Stadium dating back to 117-138 AD in the middle of an Eastern European city! These spectacular Roman remains have both been partially restored to allow visitors to enjoy them. In fact, the theatre is used for concerts even today. Read more.
Bachkovo Monastery is located close to Plovdiv and was originally founded in 1083 by Prince Gregory Pakourianos. It was destroyed during the Turkish invasion of Bulgaria but was restored late 15th century. Read more.