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Alexander Stamboliyski Dam

Alexander Stanboliyski Dam

Alexander Stamboliyski Dam

“Alexander Stamboliyski” is one of the largest Bulgarian dams, which is about 3 km west of Sevlievo and the wall is near the village of Gorsko Kalugerovo, Suhindol Municipality. The dam in about 40 km from Veliko Tarnovo.


The dam has a total length of 18 km. In the area of ​​the Mladen village, Sevlievo Municipality, on the right bank of the lake, you can find facilities for recreation and water sports.


“Alexander Stamboliyski” allows for short or long stays and provides excellent opportunities for fishing. Keen fishers can expect to find carp, perch, catfish, pike. And if you’re into water sports, here you can enjoy some rowing and sailing, windsurfing and water skiing.


All facilities and guest homes have water and electricity supplies, but you should bring your own food or dine in the nearest villages or towns.


Stage of the Ages in Tsarvets, Veliko Tarnovo

Stage of the Ages

Stage of the Ages

The Tarnovian Opera Festival will be held in Tsarevets once again. Held in August last year, this year’s festival is set to be enjoyed  a bit earlier, from 19 to 28 July 2013.


This will be the 8th edition of the Summer Opera Festival “Stage of the Ages.” This year, viewers will be able to see two operas and a ballet – each with two performances.


The programme is as follows:

19 & 20 July at 21:00 – Tosca by Giacomo Puccini.

22 & 23 July at 21:00 – Sofia National Opera and Ballet will present the “Revelations” ballet.

27 & 28 July at 21:00 – Un ballo in maschera (A Masked Ball) by Giuseppe Verdi and text by Antonio Somma.


The Summer Festival “Stage of the Ages” is a unique music festival for opera and ballet, held outdoors in the famous Tsarevets Castle. The festival is organized by the Municipality of Veliko Tarnovo and the Municipal Tourism Agency “Tsarevgrad Tarnovo”, supported by Ministry of Economy, Energy and Tourism and the Ministry of Culture. It is one of the iconic cultural events in Veliko Tarnovo.


After 21-year hiatus, this unique cultural event in Bulgaria was restored in 2008 on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Independence of Balgaria. Special stage was built in the fortress for the occassion, which is 6 metres high. The stage space is organized in harmony with the authentic historic environment and could host over 1,000 spectator seats, arranged around the stage and the feet of the Patriarchal Church.


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Boris Denev State Art Gallery in Veliko Tarnovo

Boris Denev State Art Gallery

Boris Denev State Art Gallery

Boris Denev State Art Gallery in Veliko Tarnovo is one of the oldest and richest galleries in Bulgaria.

Opened in 1934, the gallery collects and preserves works of Bulgarian artists and shows the development of Bulgarian art over the years.

It has 3 sections (paintings, drawings and sculptures) and provides a total ​​850 square meters of exhibition area.  Here you can see paintings of famous Bulgarian artists like Vladimir Dimitrov, Boris Denev, Nikola Tanev and many others.

Works themed “Veliko Tarnovo through the eyes of the artist” are arranged on the first floor of the gallery and are updated periodically. On its second floor, the gallery displays artworks from its permanent exhibition, as well as works of visiting exhibitions.

Boyan Denev State Art Gallery is located at the heart of the Old Bulgarian capital, in a beautiful building in the park “Asenevtsi” which reveals enchanting views to the traditional Bulgarian houses of Old Town of Veliko Tarnovo. Only a few meters from the gallery is the “Asenevtsi” Monument, which was built in 1985 in honour of great Bulgarian tsars.

Originally the building was designed for an art school, but due to lack of funding, it hosted the North-East Bulgarian Veterinary Institute. Tarnovians weren’t happy with this fact and there was much dispute about the ways the Institute acquired ownership of the place, so in 1951  one of the most iconic and beautiful buildings in town was given to the District Police Department.

The building became a state art gallery after it was reconstructed by the architect Nikola Nikolov. It is named after the famous painter Boris Denev in 2002, whose works have immortalized the beauty of his hometown Veliko Tarnovo.


Emen Canyon, Veliko Tarnovo Area


Emen Canyon

The village of Emen is located in a picturesque hilly area 20 km west of Veliko Tanovo and 8 km north from the main road connecting Sofia and Varna. The Emen Canyon is close to the village and shaped by the Negovanka River. Only 60 km long, the river flows north of the Balkan range and is right tributary of Rositsa River.

Negovanka forms a magnificent gorge, which in its most popular part, passes through the village of Emen. A beautiful walking trail built along the gorge, the river and the canyon gives you a great opportunity to explore this natural beauty. The Canyon is a protected area.

The walking trail passes on both sides of the gorge twisting at about 50 m height above the river. The canyon walls are 80-90m high cliffs where eagles nest.

Along the route there are remains from ancient Roman military station. The end of the trail leads to the most beautiful place along the gorge – the Momin Skok Waterfall, which falls into a small pond.

At the beginning of the trail you find the Emen Cave, which is more than 3 km long and is the 17th deepest cave in Bulgaria.

Emen Cave

Emen Cave

In the past the cave was used for growing of mushrooms, ripening of cheese and even as part of the military base, which used to exist above the cavern. Apart from the well-known Emen Cave, in the period 1985 – 1991 a large local network of caves was discovered. Located between the nearby villages of Musina, Balvan, Novo Selo, Emen, Dobromirka and Vishovgrad, this cave network features numerous dry and water-filled galleries and siphons. Among those caves are Ruse (3306 m long), Bambalova dupka (2923 m) and Troana (3243 m).


St. Cyril and St. Methodius Day in Veliko Tarnovo

Festive procession on May 24, 1940s

Festive procession on May 24, 1940s

Veliko Tarnovo and the rest of Bulgaria celebrate St. Cyril and St. Methodius Day tomorrow with a range of events.


The day is a public holiday and is known as the Bulgarian Education and Culture, and Slavonic Literature Day. On this day Bulgaria celebrates in Bulgarian culture, education and the creation of the Glagolitic alphabet by the two brothers Cyril and Methodius.


Saints Cyril and Methodius are patrons of the National Library of Bulgaria and generally patrons of educational institutions in Bulgaria. They are the patrons of the University of Veliko Tarnovo, which carries the saints names.


Indeed, saints Cyril and Methodius are the most celebrated saints in the Bulgarian Orthodox Church, and icons of the two brothers can be found in almost every church.


The events programme for the day in Veliko Tarnovo includes:

10,00 h. – Festive procession, dedicated to the 24 May – Day of Bulgarian Education and Culture – from Velchova Zavera (Hotel Yantra) square to Konstantin Kisimov theatre


11,00 h. – Ceremony for award of „24 May” and „St. Patriarch Evtimyi” awards of Veliko Tarnovo Municipality – in front of Konstantin Kisimov Music and Drama Theatre


18,00 h. – Parade of the 2013 school graduates – along Vasil Levski Str., from Konstantin Kisimov theatre to Veliko Tarnovo Municipal building


21,30 h. – “Sound and Light” show at the Tsarevets Castle