Bulgaria is an extraordinary country at the crossroads between Asia and Europe.
Its culture is a history which combines Thracian, ancient Greek, Greek, Byzantine, and Roman effects. Clients are spoilt for choice in regards to tourism opportunities. Whether you’re a beach bum, gastronome, or a history buff, Bulgaria provides something for every sort of traveler.
Intro to Ruse
There are still regions of the nation while modern Bulgaria is pulsing. Ruse is this a location. Located across the Danube River, in the country’s northern portion, Ruse owns a exceptional mix of background structures and national monuments which serve as reminders of its illustrious past.
Archaeological finds confirm that man has occupied the area since 5,000 B.C.. After the Romans found a military camp here in the very first century A.D. they called it Sexsaginta Piges, or”Town of Sixty Ships.” The name meant the number. Before the Romans moved in, the area has been occupied by the Thracian people — a culture of mysterious priests, skilled jewelers builders, and equestrian warriors. Eventually Slavic and Gothic tribes moved in and ruined the army base. The nation became known only as Bulgaria if the First Bulgarian Empire has been created in 681 A.D. From 1,000 A.D. the Burger Empire encompassed a lot of Eastern Europe, using its borders stretching from the Black Sea to the Adriatic.
The First Bulgarian Empire was Finally Defeated and absorbed into the Byzantine Empire.
In 1396 Bulgaria was subjugated by the Ottoman Empire. The state remained under Ottoman domination before 1700. In 1878 Bulgaria became an independent state and was free. Bulgaria became part of the European Union in 2007.
After Bulgaria’s liberation, Ruse has been the biggest town in the nation. In 1897, Ruse has been the location in Bulgaria in which there has been a motion picture revealed and at which the print shop has been established. It was where the bank of Bulgaria was created. Ruse is Bulgaria’s most aristocratic city. Dubbed”Little Vienna” for the Baroque and neoclassical buildings, Ruse has over 300 architectural milestones.
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Ruse is the best walking city. Just by strolling on foot you’ll have to see several of its stunning buildings and monuments. The best place to begin will be Svoboda (Liberty Square), the biggest and grandest square in Ruse. The Monument of Liberty depicts a figure clutching a sword in her left hand when pointing into the direction from which the liberators arrived with her right hand. There are just two lions at the bottom of the monument. The chains of captivity are ripping off. Protector of Bulgaria’s liberty is standing. The statue was made in 1909 Arnoldo Zocchi, by Italian sculptor.
To the Best of the monument is the Profit-Yielding Building.
Constructed in 1909 by Viennese architect Raul Paul Branck, that Baroque-style edifice was originally employed as public library, casino, a theatre, art gallery, and shopping center.
Neighborhood is your Ruse Courthouse, which was constructed in 1940 about the positioning of the old fish industry. You can not miss it. Left of the monument, at the end of the pedestrian street, is the brightly colored Ruse Opera House. From ballet to concerts, it was established in 1949 and has ever since been used for a variety of kinds of performances.
By Liberty Square follow Aleksandrovska Street as it moves in front of the Bulgarian National Bank and several elaborate 19th century structures. Stop at Alexander Battenberg Square, good place to see amazing cultural sights such as the war memorial devoted to the soldiers murdered in the war against Serbia, ” the 19th century Hristo Botev school for boys, the former Lyuben Karavelov Regional Library, along with the elegant 19th century building now serving as the Regional Museum of History (+359 82 825 002 / Open 9 a.m. — 6 p.m. daily). The museum houses exhibitions from Thracian civilization, Roman occupation , Medieval times, and also Bulgarian history.
Another great stop for history fans is 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 hill near the Danube River, about short walk from Ruse’s middle. Pertain to military barracks, the defense tower, and the fortress wall. Excavations have also uncovered a Thracian pit complex (1st century B.C.) which contained bronze objects, ceramic vessels, and coins.
For all those of you considering Bulgarian national history, the Pantheon of all 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 contains the remains of 453 activitists of the Bulgarian National Revival, lots of who were from Ruse. The people whose bones have been put here engaged in rebellions against the Ottomans 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 supporting Revivalists’ Pantheon is Zahari Stoyanov’s Tomb and Ivan Vedar’s Museum. Stoyanov was part of the Parliament. Vedar was the guy responsible for averting a massacre of the Bulgarian people.
Twenty-two kilometers in the Pismata area of the Rusenski Lom Nature Park, lies 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 have been used as spiritual centers from the 10th into the 14th centuries. The Ivanovo Rock Churches, in particular, were painted sometime in the 14th century. The murals in the walls depict scenes from the Bible and from the life of Jesus.
Further south a different day trip alternative is to find the ruins of the Medieval town of Cherven. The town served as Bulgaria’s chief military, economic, and cultural center during the Second Bulgarian Empire between the 12th along with 14th centuries. The remains of the town comprise an archaeological website. Everything there is left to view will be the ruins of churches , fortified walls, the feudal palace, and administrative buildings. The maintained structure in the website is your 12-meter-high, three-story defense tower.
There are several hotel options in Ruse ranging from budget to luxury. We recommend Hotel Vega for the prime place in Aleksandrovska Street, walking distance from many of Ruse’s attractions. This boutique resort offers five kinds of modern guestrooms ranging in price from $45 to $163. The resort has Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, free breakfast buffet in the dining area, guest parking, along with concierge service. Be sure to ask at the time of booking for a room with a view over Aleksandrovska Street.
Perched high above the middle of Ruse is your beautiful Leventa complex. It is tough to overlook this restaurant/winery as it sits just under the tv tower. The building formed a portion of an Ottoman fortress — it’s location for being the maximum vantage point in town picked. But it was only in 2005 if the property has been renovated, that it was transformed into a elegant neighborhood for particular occasions, wine tastings, along with menus. A tour through the complicated displays numerous themed dining halls, each representing a distinct era in Bulgarian history (Thracian, Medieval, Ottoman, and liberation). Leventa not merely serves delicious Mediterranean fare, but it is also a formidable manufacturer of wine (over 80,000 bottles annually ).
Mehana Chiflika is your very best traditional Bulgarian restaurant in Ruse, also just like any inquisitive travelers, we decided to see for ourselves. For an evening of entertainment and ample Bulgarian food, Mehana Chiflika has been the go-to place in Ruse since 1999. With seating for over 300, the restaurant is popular with tour groups, but the food is excellent. With live music each evening from 8 p.m. to midnight, you will be better off booking a table a day or two beforehand, particularly during winter when they are busiest. The décor is overdone and somewhat kitschy, but you will charm anyhow. Mehana Chiflika is located in a 10-minute stroll from Ruse city center (liberty square).
Time zone: GMT +2
Electricity: 220-240 Volts.
The around plug is taken by sockets. To get 110-120 V (U.S. and Canada) appliances, a plug jack, and sometimes a voltage converter is required.
Money: The national currency is the Bulgarian Lev, which is composed of 100 stotinki. The emblem for your Lev is”BGN”
Hint: Tipping 5 — 10% of the whole invoice is customary at restaurants and bars.
Tourist Information Center of Ruse: 61, Aleksandrovska Street (+359 82 824 704 / firstname.lastname@example.org)
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