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The beautiful town of Veliko Tarnovo used to be the capital of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom. The word "Veliko" (great) is added to its original name Tarnovo as a symbol of its former greatness. Located in Northern Bulgaria, between Stara planina and the Danube Valley on the historic hills of Tsarevets, Trapezitsa, Sveta gora, around which meanders the Yantra river. In the town intersect major roads, which connect East with West Bulgaria, Central Europe with Asia Minor. Tarnovo has become the capital of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom with its inception. In 1185 the brothers Asen and Peter organize an uprising in Tarnovo and throw away the Byzantine rule of the Bulgarian lands. After the peace treaty with the Byzantine Empire, they proclaim the beginning of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom and Tarnovo as its capital. The medieval city became the most solid and unbreakable Bulgarian fortress. In the 12-14th century it is the most important political, economical, cultural and religious center of Bulgaria. Here emerges and develops the famous Tarnovo Cultural School, which has left in inheritance major monuments of culture and arts. During that period Bulgaria experiences its Second Golden Age of Bulgarian culture. One of the most remarkable persons from this period is the hesychast-monk Patriarch Euthymius, who, after the city was conquered by the Ottoman Turks, was banished. Canonized as a saint, he is Veliko Tarnovo's one and only patron. From the age of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom may be see the fortress Tsarevets with the royal palace, set on the hill of the same name, on which may be observed the unique for Europe "Sound and Light" show. On the neighbouring hills Trapezitsa and Sveta Gora are discovered remnants from huge religious complexes, noble buildings and royal residences. Veliko Tarnovo captivates the visitor with its original Bulgarian Revival architecture. Because of the steep terrain and the meandering Yantra river, it looks like the houses are built one over the other. Every visitor remains enchanting by the beauty of Veliko Tarnovo and its charming atmosphere. Among those houses are the House with the monkey, built by the famous master Kolyu Ficheto. He has built another noteworthy building in Tarnovo - the Hadji Nikuli Inn, which is completely restored and functional. The Sarafkina House is another authentic building, which is adapted to serve as the Ethnographic Museum of Tarnovo. A total of 1613 buildings in the city are listed as a part of the national cultural-historic heritage. Therefore it is quite logical that the old Bulgarian capital is one of the most important tourist centers in the country. Respectively, the accommodation industry is developed to a high level. The city visitors may choose from first-class luxury hotels in Beliko Tarnovo as well as from standard and budget hotels, which will definitely comply with most tastes and budgets. There are also plenty of guest houses in Veliko Tarnovo, hotel apartments as well as youth hostels.
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