Bulgaria is an Outstanding country in the crossroads between Europe and Asia.
Its culture is a living history which unites Thracian, ancient Greek, Byzantine, and Roman influences. Visitors are spoiled for choice in regards to tourism opportunities. Whether you are gastronome a history buff, or some beach bum, Bulgaria provides something for every kind of traveler.
Intro to Ruse
What to See and Do
There continue to be regions of the country containing relics of yesteryear, while Bulgaria is pulsing. Ruse is a location. Located in the northern region of the country, along the Danube River, Ruse possesses a exceptional mixture of heritage buildings that are European and national monuments which serve as reminders of its illustrious past.
Archaeological finds confirm that the man has occupied the region since 5,000 B.C.. After the Romans found a military camp here in the first century A.D. they named it Sexsaginta Piges, or”Town of Sixty Ships.” The title meant the number of ships necessary to carry a legion of Roman soldiers. Before the Romans moved in, the region was occupied by the Thracian people — a culture of skilled jewelers equestrian warriors builders, and mystical priests. Eventually Aztec and Gothic tribes moved in and destroyed the Roman army base. The country became known only as Bulgaria if the First Bulgarian Empire had been first created in 681 A.D. By 1,000 A.D. the Bulgarian Empire encompassed much of Eastern Europe, with its boundaries extending from the Black Sea to the Adriatic.
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The First Bulgarian Empire was Defeated and absorbed to the Byzantine Empire.
In 1396 the Ottoman Empire subjugated Bulgaria. The state remained under Ottoman domination. Back in 1878 Bulgaria became an independent nation and was free. Bulgaria became part of the European Union in 2007.
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After Bulgaria’s liberation, Ruse had been the biggest town in the country. Ruse was the very first location in Bulgaria where the print shop was established and where a motion picture was revealed. It was where the bank of Bulgaria has been created. Ruse is, without a doubt, Bulgaria city. Dubbed”Little Vienna” because of the Baroque and neoclassical buildings, Ruse has over 300 architectural landmarks.
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Ruse is the ideal walking city. By walking on foot you will get to see a number of its historical buildings and monuments. The best place to start will be Svoboda (Liberty Square), that the greatest and grandest square in Ruse. The Monument of Liberty depicts a female body clutching a sword in her left hand when tinkering into the direction from with her right hand. There are just two lions at the monument’s base. The chains of captivity are currently tearing off. Another is standing guard of the liberty of Bulgaria. The statue was created in 1909 by sculptor.
To the Best of the monument is Your Profit-Yielding Building.
Constructed in 1909 by Viennese architect Raul Paul Branck, this edifice was employed as art gallery, casino, public library, a theatre, and shopping centre.
Neighborhood is your Ruse Courthouse, that was built in 1940 in the place of the old fish market. You can not miss it look out for the fountain in front of this. Left of the monument, in the conclusion of the pedestrian street, is the brightly colored Ruse Opera House. It has ever since been used for various kinds of performances and was established in 1949, from ballet to concerts.
By Liberty Square follow Aleksandrovska Street because it moves in front of the Bulgarian National Bank and many ornate 19th century buildings. Discontinue at Alexander Battenberg Square, great place to visit amazing cultural sights such as the war memorial devoted to the soldiers killed in the war against Serbia, the 19th century Hristo Botev school for boys, the Lyuben Karavelov Regional Library, and the tasteful 19th century building currently serving as the Regional Museum of History (+359 82 825 002 / Spacious 9 a.m. — 6 p.m. daily). The museum houses exhibits from Roman occupationcivilization times, and also Bulgarian modern history.
Another terrific stop for history fans is that the Sexaginta Prista Roman Fortress (+359 82 825 002 / Open 9 Gamble — noon, 12:30 p.m. — 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday/ Closed Sunday and Monday). The fortress is located on a mountain close to the Danube River, roughly brief walk in the middle of Ruse. Pertain to the northern fortress wall, the shield tower that is rectangular, and military barracks. Excavations also have uncovered a Thracian pit complicated (1st century B.C.) which comprised bronze items, ceramic vessels, as well as diamonds.
For all those of you interested in Bulgarian national background, the Pantheon of National Heroes is a must-see (Vazrozhdenski Square / +359 82 820 998 / Open 9 Gamble — noon, 12:30 p.m. — 5:30 p.m. daily). This temple/ mausoleum/ ossuary includes the remains of 453 activitists. The people whose bones have been put here participated in rebellions against the Ottomans, the April Uprising of 1876, or were volunteer soldiers in the Russian-Turkish War. The Pantheon was inaugurated on February 28th 1978 to commemorate a century of liberation of Bulgaria. Directly behind the Pantheon of Revivalists is the Museum of Ivan Vedar and Zahari Stoyanov’s Tomb. Stoyanov was part of the Bulgarian Parliament. Vedar was the man accountable for preventing a massacre of the people.
Km in This Rusenski Lom Nature Park’s Pismata Region, from Ruse, Is Located a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is very significant for Bulgarians.
The Rock Churches of Ivanovo (+359 82 825 002 / Open 9 a.m. — 6 p.m. daily) is a Medieval cave church complex that belonged to the Monastery of St. Michael. They were used as spiritual centers in the 10th into the 14th centuries. The Ivanovo Rock Churches, specifically, were painted sometime in the 14th century. The murals in the cave walls depict scenes from the Bible and from Jesus’s life.
Further south another day excursion alternative is to find the ruins of the Medieval town of Cherven. The town functioned as Bulgaria’s main military, economical, and cultural centre during the Second Bulgarian Empire involving the 12th and 14th centuries. An archaeological site is comprised by the remains of the town. Everything there is made to see will be the ruins of churches walls, the feudal palace, and buildings. The best construction in the site is the three-story shield tower.
There are several hotel options in Ruse. We advocate Resort Vega because of the prime location in Aleksandrovska Street, walking distance from many of Ruse’s attractions. This three-star boutique resort offers five kinds of modern, comfortable guestrooms ranging in price from $45 to $163. The resort has concierge services, ac, free breakfast buffet in the dining room, guest parking, and Wi-Fi. Be sure to ask for a room with a view over Aleksandrovska Street in the time of reserving.
Perched high over the middle of Ruse is the gorgeous Leventa complicated . It’s tough to miss this restaurant/winery because it sits beneath the television tower. The building formed a portion of an Ottoman fortress — it is location picked to be the maximum vantage point in town. Nevertheless, it was only in 2005 if the property had been renovated, that it had been transformed to a elegant space for menus, wine tastings, and special occasions. An excursion through the complex reveals several themed dining halls, each representing a distinct era in Bulgarian history (Thracian, Medieval, Ottoman, and liberation). Leventa not just serves tasty Mediterranean cuisine, but it’s also a strong producer of wine (over 80,000 bottles annually ).
Mehana Chiflika is the best traditional Bulgarian restaurant in Ruse, also like every inquisitive travelers, we decided to see for ourselves. Since 1999, Mehana Chiflika has been the go-to venue in Ruse for a day of entertainment and Bulgarian food. With seating for over 300, the restaurant is popular with tour groups that are large, but the food is amazing. With live music each evening from 8 pm to midnight, you’ll be better off booking a desk a day or two beforehand, particularly during winter when they’re busiest. The décor is overdone and somewhat kitschy, but you will charm anyway. Mehana Chiflika is located in a 10-minute wander from Ruse city centre (liberty square).
Time zone: GMT +2
Electricity: 220-240 Volts.
Sockets require the European 2-pin around plug. To get 110-120 V (U.S. and Canada) appliances, a plug jack, and sometimes a voltage converter is necessary.
Currency: The national currency is the Bulgarian Lev, that is made up of 100 stotinki. The symbol for the Lev is”BGN”
Hint: Tipping 5 — 10% of the whole invoice is customary at bars and restaurants.
Tourist Information Center of Ruse: 61, Aleksandrovska Street (+359 82 824 704 / email@example.com)
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