Tsareverts Fortress

Take a walk in Tsareverts Fortress and admire the layers of history buried beneath its blessed land.

visit Tsareverts

Veliko Tarnovo’s signature attraction, Tsareverts Fortress, is so casually intertwined with the bright green blanket of Tsareverts hill that it is hard to tell where it begins. While the fortress was the seat of Bulgaria’s medieval tsars, its history dates back to much older times. Its perfect location has been valuable throughout the ages. And, many civilizations from the Byzantine to the Ottoman resided here. The result is more than 400 residences and 18 churches populating an area scripted for boundless exploration.

The cobbled road leading to the fortress’ gate sets the scene for an enthralling entrance. Once you pass the sheer walls hemming the complex, you will immediately sense the old-world feel of Tsareverts. To the north is the famous Execution Rock, which once served to throw criminals and traitors into the Yantra River. You will pass the remains of several ancient workshops, houses, and churches on your way to the centerpiece of the site: the Patriarch’s Complex. The patriarchate alone covers some 3,000 square meters, standing sentinel over the entire city of Veliko Tarnovo. Here, The Cathedral of the Ascension of the Lord is easily the most memorable piece. A study in contrasts with its relatively modernistic style, the cathedral offers aesthetic pleasure in spades through a series of dazzling frescoes.

If not for the variety of its ruins, Tsareverts Fortress will have you transfixed in amazement with the all-encompassing views of the city. Watch the scenery as the sun sets over the Bulgarian countryside and paints Veliko Tarnovo with warm colors. You may even catch a light show at night—an absolute attractor among the tourists and locals alike. 

Tours visiting Tsareverts Fortress

Treasures of Transylvania

9 Days


15 reviews




Amazing Balkans and Transylvania

Amazing Balkans and Transylvania

16 Days


1 reviews




Ultimate Balkans and Transylvania

19 Days


1 reviews




Why Book With Travel Talk

At Travel Talk our passion is providing unforgettable adventures and unique experiences for, and with, avid travellers like you. That’s why we only run tours to the most breath-taking destinations which we specialise in. Each tour is designed to take you to the heart of a new authentic culture.The wellbeing and safety of our passengers, staff and communities visited have always been our utmost priority. We are committed to ensuring your peace of mind with our enhanced Safe Travels protocols and Special Flexible Conditions, so that you can book and travel with confidence.

Open until midnight

+44 20 809 995 96
[email protected]

Monday - Friday: 09:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday: Closed
W. Europe