Discover The 10 Fabulous Bulgarian UNESCO Sites

Bulgarian UNESCO sites

Bulgaria is an European treasure. People who have been there know that Bulgaria is an amazing european country with numerous historical, cultural and natural places for tourism. What’s more a big part of the sites in the country are a part of the UNESCO World Heritage and are definitely worth seeing. Find below the 10 Bulgarian UNESCO World Heritage Sites You Should explore.

Ancient City of Nessebar 

SINCE 1983. One of the oldest towns in Europe – more than 3,000-year-old – is an island situated in the Black Sea in Bulgaria. Thracians found it thousands of years ago when it was known under the name « Messembria ». One of the must-see places in Nessebar is the Archaeological Museum where most of the historical artefacts are exhibited. Nessebar is definitely one the 10 Bulgarian UNESCO World Heritage Sites you should to visit.

The Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak

SINCE 1979. Discovered in 1944, the Thracian Tomb is situated in a park in Kazanlak, but the tomb available for visitors is an exact copy of the real one – closed down for tourists in order to be preserved. The original tomb dates back to the 4th – 3rd century BC and famous for its extremely well preserved murals in the hall and the dome room.

Rock-hewn Churches of Ivanovo

SINCE 1979. In the Bulgarian UNESCO World Heritage sites, we also find a monastery complex of rock churches situated next to the village of Ivanovo. The complex was built in the beginning of the 13th century and given the name of St. Michael. The most famous temple is the “St. Mary”, known for its amazingly well preserved frescoes.

National Park Pirin 

SINCE 1983. The park is situated in the Pirin Mountain, and is known worldwide for its glacial lakes, pine forests and a varied fauna and flora. In the park- Bayuvi Dupki are situated two reserves called Ulen and Dzhindzhiritsa. There are also many hiking routes leading to different places of interest and sights such as the oldest tree in Bulgaria – Baykusheva fir, which is over 1,300 years old.

Madara Rider

SINCE 1979. This is a 23-meter tall carving in a rock made by an unknown artist. Although it is more than 1,000 years old, the scene representing  a horseman holding a spear, a hunting dog and a wounded lion, fallen at the feet of the horse, is still clearly visible.

Srebrena Nature Reserve

SINCE 1983. The was included in the UNESCO list mainly due to the rare bird species which nest here. The aim of that was to protect the biodiversity of the region. There is a biosphere reserve situated close to the village of Srebarna at around 2 kilometers south of the Danube river. Unforgettable place to explore in Bulgaria.

Beech Forests In Central Balkan Park

SINCE 2019. That is one of the biggest protected areas in Europe mainly because of the primeval beech forests considered the most precious natural fauna in the region. They are a vital part of the European beech forests complex that includes another 11 countries. Since 1983, two of Bulgaria’s most emblematic natural territories (Pirin National Park and Srebarna Nature Reserve) have been part of this list.

More about Central Balkan Park.

Rila Monastery

SINCE 1983. Located in the heart of the Rila mountain, Rila monastery was built in the tenth century. The monastery complex stretches in an area of 8,800 square meters and has almost 300 rooms. There is a museum with the most important artefacts and historical information. A beautiful and historical place to visit in Bulgaria, which highly deserves to be in the 10 Bulgarian UNESCO World Heritage sites. More about Rila Monastery.

Boyana Church

SINCE 1979. It is located in the Sofia residential neighbourhood called Boyana, at the foot of Vitosha mountain. The church was founded in the 10th -11th century. Among the numerous layers of frescoes lie the  images of Jesus Christ and Holy Mary, Bulgarian saints and the  images of Bulgarian kings and queens. More About Boyana Church.

Thracian Tomb of Sveshtari

SINCE 1985. The tomb built in the 3rd century is a part of the historical and archaeological reserve Sboryanovo. It is worth seeing because of its unique architecture and decoration.

Official Unesco List for Bulgaria

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