Wonder 3 -an extract from Slavorum’s seven great wonders of Bulgaria
Veliko Tarnovo , Tzarevetz and Arbanassi… Veliko Tarnovo was the center of political, economical and cultural activities for more than 2 hundred years during the Second Bulgarian kingdom form the 12th to the 14th century.
The Tzarevetz castle and the Patriarchate – the two main institutions of that time were located on the mount Tzarevetz and many residential and administrative buildings were built down the hill. The Tzarevetz fortress was the main Bulgarian fortress in the second Bulgarian kingdom. At that time the slopes of the hill were covered by residential buildings, craft shops and numerous churches.
Excavation works discovered more than 4 hundred residential buildings,22 churches and 4 monasteries. The old settlement of Arbanassi is situated on a high plateau with a view to the hills of Tzarevetz and Trapezitza,4 kilometers from Veliko Turnovo. It’s distinguished for its impressive houses and churches with rich interior decoration, wood-carving, and mural paintings created in XVI – XVII century. Namely these unique monuments from our architectural and arts heritage are the cause for Arbanassi to be frequently visited not only by tourists but also by scientists, archeologists, historians, architects, and artists.
With a tsar decree from 1921 the settlement is declared resort, and in 2000 it is declared “historical settlement” with national significance.