The history of Bulgaria separates into four periods: First Bulgarian Kingdom (681 – 1018 AD); Second Bulgarian Kingdom (1185 – 1396 AD); Third Bulgarian Kingdom (1878 – 1945), and newest Bulgarian history.
The First Bulgarian Kingdom
Khan Asparuh found the first Bulgarian State in 681 by as a leader of a union between the Slavs and the Proto-Bulgarians in their struggle against Byzantium. The following period between the 8th and the 10th centuries brought the political rise and territorial expansion. Read more
If you are planning a trip to the East part of the Balkan Mountains you’d never miss the architectural reserve of Zeravna.
The nearest town is Kotel (16 km), but if you start from Sofia the distance to the town is 330 km. Read more
The small fore-Balkan village Bozhentsi is found among woody hills almost in the center of Bulgaria. The village is only 8 km from Gabrovo and 13 km from Dryanovo.
The distance to the old Bulgarian capital Veliko Tarnovo and the architectural reserve Arbanasi and the Arbanasi Monastery is about 50 km. Bozhentsi is more than 600 years old and today an architectural reserve.
After the attack of Ottoman Turks in Veliko Tarnovo Bozhensti was established. Many residents of the capital fled to settle in remote parts of the mountains for security. Read more
The Samokovski Monastery or “Pokrov Bogorodichen” Monastery is close to the Iskar lake.
It was founded by Granny Fota during the Ottoman rule. At that time the monastery was an educational centre for women. Read more