The Bulgarian lands are ancient crossroads. They remember many ancient civilizations and great peoples which wrote the pages of Bulgaria's turbulent history: bronze and iron spears and arrows, ruins of palaces and cities, and wise words carved on rocks and stone columns.
The Thracians bequeathed us the famous tombs near Kazanlak and Sveshtari and the unique gold treasures from Panagyurishte and Rogozen. The Hellenes built the beautiful coastal towns of Apollonia, Anhialo and Messambria, and the Romans – the ancient Oescus, Nikopolis ad Istrum and Novae. Later, Huns, Goths and Avars passed through our lands. Around the mid-7th century the Slavs came from the north across the Danube and reached as far as the Black Sea and the Adriatic. They were followed by the Bulgarians of Khan Asparouh...
Bulgaria's old capitals – Pliska, Preslav and Veliko Tarnovo – have been the face of the state since its creation. They witnessed both times of greatness and periods of obscurity during different eras of the historical development of the country. Rich in archaeological, historical and cultural monuments, the old Bulgarian capitals are a bridge between our country and the European cultural heritage.
The Bulgarian monasteries - hiding human, warm and living rather than "divine" beauty behind their austere stone facades, still amaze with their magnificent architecture, unfading frescoes and murals, exquisite icons and wood-carvings, made by self-taught architects, builders and painters.
The Bulgarian monasteries - during difficult and turbulent times they acted as centers of patriotism, which helped Bulgarian people to preserve their spirit and hopes.
It would be difficult to imagine Bulgaria of National Revival times without seeing it's museum towns and villages.
Although we call them museums, they are full of life, harmony and beauty.
The Bulgarian contribution to the world heritage
For several decades now, UNESCO has been putting enormous efforts into its attempts to preserve the planet's most valuable cultural and natural heritage.
The UNESCO List of World Heritage now features over 300 landmarks.
Bulgaria vigorously keeps the rich historical heritage left by the numerous cultures who have lived on its territory.