This is the Bulgarian city of Veliko Tarnovo as seen from the balcony of my hotel room in the heart of the old city.
Veliko Tarnovo (sometimes also written as Turnovo) is one of the historically most important cities in Bulgaria. The area was settled more than 5000 years ago and during the European middle ages Tarnovo was one of the main cultural and political centres of the region.
Modern Bulgaria's first constitution was ratified in Tarnovo in 1879 by the first National Assembly, and it was here that Bulgarian full independence was declared in 1908.
Only in 1965 Tarnovo was officially changed to Veliko (Great) Tarnovo. Today the city hosts a major university and is also an important destination for tourists.
To be honest I was more impressed by certain old cities in Albania or Romania, which have stuck to their medieval roots better. But seen from a distance Veliko Tarnovo looks terrific, built like an amphitheatre on the slopes of hills overlooking the meandering Yantra River. It has a population of roughly 70 000.
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cargus (8481) 2011-12-10 9:17
Excellent panorama, un cadrage parfait, les couleurs joué excellent, clair et lumineux, une image de réussite, bien fait.
carper (96) 2011-12-10 9:52
very nice place Gert,
a well taken shot here good composition fine photo job here, I like the good job here.
cornejo (32722) 2011-12-10 11:26
Hej Gert, jag gillar denna vackra bild av denna underbara utsikt över den vackra plats, ett bra skott väl sammansatt och utförde med klarhet och djup, och ganska bra jobb bra gjort, grattis. God natt och glad söndag. TFS.
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stevesaba (8135) 2011-12-10 13:17
Yes, Veliko Tarnovo certainly looks beautiful from your vantage point! The "amphitheatre" sort of layout truly is gorgeous! Well seen and beautifully composed and executed with the geraniums in the foreground. Your notes are great too; and your comments about Albania and Romania and the comparison with Bulgaria were interesting. Funny, but over here in Southeast Asia, I am prone to telling people that less developed countries like Burma, Laos, and Cambodia translates into more interesting photos, compared to here in Thailand; that is at least from my point of view! Lots of history in this wonderful area of Eastern Europe that you have been showing us. Very fine as always, warm regards,
InasiaJones (31498) 2011-12-10 14:13
I really like to see this image, as it makes me discover Bulgaria in a manner that I wasn't expecting. It isn't a region I'm used to see and I wouldn't have imagined that some regions almost look like Italy. It's quite nice.
I've read your note and indeed, the way you are presenting Tarnovo makes it look like an idealistic place.
Good angle, vivid colors and a convincing sense of depth.
lousat (78403) 2011-12-10 14:42
Hi Gert,what a nice view from your hotel,you choose well the place..ehehe...very nice perspective and very rich composition,a lot of elements,details and colors in a beautiful perspective too.Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano
siamesa (27747) 2011-12-10 16:23
Boa noite Gert
Very nice view of these colored houses.The pots of flowers in foreground are very nices.
iacobi (330) 2011-12-10 23:28
Beautifil peysage , beautiful colors, well framed and rendered image well done.!
jhm (140603) 2011-12-11 2:06
Lovely summer image with a wonderful with a panorama view about these area, the red flowers are the eye the real eye catcher.
Sharpness and clarity are excellent.
Composition and presentation are very well. TFS.
Have a nice Sunday,
wolf38 (31282) 2011-12-11 2:33
Hello Gert. What a great outlook over the flowers away to the houses on the horizon. Fine composition, very nice light, instructive text. Well done. Your photo reminds me of a stay in Bulgaria a few years ago. Rgds, Wolfgang.
saxo042 (37588) 2011-12-11 4:33
A really beautiful view! Was the hotel as pleasant as the view here? A well composed picture with the "red" corner in the foreground and the fine cityscape in the background. A good depth! An interesting note too!
agjika (3616) 2011-12-11 9:28
For some reason, ignorance more than anything else! I would have never guessed that this place is in Bulgaria. What a wonderful location and architecture. Your composition is excellent with great contrast and clarity.
Glint (6167) 2011-12-11 11:51
we share your pov on the balcony and the bright flowers in the fg provide a good dof.Nice light and coloours.
Budapestman (82620) 2011-12-11 12:30
what a beautiful view this is a superb photo of this picturesque place the composition is spectacular, great details and POV, Tfs! Have a nice Sunday evening! Kellemes Vasárnap estét kívánok!
kato (11630) 2011-12-11 18:10
You're capturing well this old Bulgarian city by a good angle and excellent tone/clarity, so it's impressive to see a lot of houses on hill and surrounding greenery. And, red flowers in hotel's balcony draw out an additional good atmosphere in this image, too.
Graal (98283) 2011-12-11 23:44
very nice view You had from hotel balcony. An interesting presentation of old town in Bulgaria. Amazing old houses on the hill. Photo well done. I like it.
Have a nice day.
Nicou (124157) 2011-12-12 0:47
Avec ces belles fleurs en premier plan superbe compo et iamge splendide vue sur ces maison collées avec toute cette végétation superbe ensemble et compo.
Bravo et amitié
dkmurphys (50184) 2011-12-12 3:28
Very beautiful capture from that old amazing town. Great catch, so many elements in your composition.
Have a good week.
rodgerg (55767) 2011-12-12 3:31
Superb light very well managed for this well coloured view. The red flowers in the Fg give color and too depht with the propsect open to the houses in the hill. Image rich in various details very well collected.
Have a nice week,
bukitgolfb301 (36442) 2011-12-12 3:31
Hi my dear Gert
Great composition / mix of rear and front!
A wonderful impressive artstic shot as usual.
Clear and sharp presentation is marvelous meaningless.
Thanks for sharing with your finest work and have a good day,
Takero from cold Tokyo.
serp2000 (40634) 2011-12-12 6:02
Yes, this is a typical Balkan (or South European) cityscape. Clever POV with the flowers on the FG.
(By the way, in one Russian detective stories flowers on the window-sill, which meant that conspiratorial apartment has failed. However, the action took place in Bern)
Have a great week!
vasilpro (40943) 2011-12-12 11:02
Hello dear Gert,
Wonderful composition, beautiful view to the city with the interesting architecture, excellent POV, lovely light and colors, TfS!
Have a nice week, Vasilis.
jemaflor (86040) 2011-12-12 11:45
Interesting pov on the town and good choice with the composition, lovely fg with all these colourful flowers, nice sunny day, light is well captured.
macjake (57412) 2011-12-12 11:49
I've always wanted to visit these Lesser traveled countries...Bulgaria! wow...
at first glance i thought this was Italy! So thats a nice compliment :)
I would love to hear more about your trip...sounds like you were a little bit disspointed?
lovely shot from your hotel room! thats quite the view you have there.
Mind me asking what hotel you stayed at, i'd love to know as i've been thinking about visiting.
ktanska (25076) 2011-12-12 12:14
Impressive cliff edge city view. I like the way you have included flowers in the foreground. Looks very nice and green place.
batalay (35791) 2011-12-12 13:37
Your highly informative note puts Tarnova in historic perspective, and the photo gives a good idea of how the old city grew — according to the topography of the land and not because of any urban planning. I have visited only Varna and Nesebur on the Black Sea Coast, but gems, like Tarnova, must dot the interior. Superb shot.
Kielia (23767) 2011-12-13 7:53
your POV on this idyllic scenery works excellently. A very pleasant and well composed impression and a very good management of the light. I also read your nice note with great interest. Times are changing. My compliments for this interesting photo!
patdeph (35748) 2011-12-13 10:48
superb view on the town,where the red flowers of the foreground bring very beautiful colors.Very well done.
sacavem (18614) 2011-12-13 13:55
Very nicely captured and composed shot from a very good POV.
Good work to capture this shot.
lpi (4857) 2011-12-14 9:08
elle est superbe cette vue sur cette charmante ville.
J'aime la composition!
npecanhuk (66816) 2011-12-14 9:14
Sharpness, exposure, colors, chosen pov, horizontal format and composition really pleased me!
TFS - congrats,
skippy007 (12510) 2011-12-15 18:03
Hello Gert, The first element that caught my eye here was the red flowers & the row of flower boxes, excellent placing them in the FG. Interesting architecture from here very similar to what I saw in Italy. Beautiful panorama well seen and captured, the geraniums in the foreground are an highlight.
Angshu (56058) 2011-12-16 3:18
The city seems to be built on ramparts, with the walls plunging down to the river. Like the inclusion of the flower pots in the FG which adds depth. Nice view with a deep perspective. We continue to learn about Eastern Europe through your pictures!
COSTANTINO (56763) 2011-12-17 4:55
delicate and pretty shot taken from
a special point of view,the flowers
in the foreground add beauty
fantastic postcard remitted and
dedicated from you to all of
us,thanks for sharing it with
have a nice week end
s_lush (16134) 2011-12-21 12:00
This picturesque old city looks highly aesthetic in frame of flowers, green vegetation and beautifully clouded blue sky. Excellent composition, wonderful colors and perfect quality of the image!
daddo (24545) 2011-12-25 0:48
Hi Gert. On seeing it at first I was reminded of Aleks's Berat photos and I am happy to hear that in Albania more is kept in its original state. Still, it is an attractive view with nice colours and light.It would be pleasant to walk along the streets that run parallel to the river if there are old shops like in Mostar. Merry Christmas Gert and may 2012 be one of good health and contentment. Klaudio.
fanni (14381) 2011-12-28 7:39
for a moment this view with red flowers in flowerpots in the foreground - reminded me of a view in Gruyeres!
Very lovely sight! indeed, you show Bulgaria to us from another - very interesting - side :)
varma hälsningar frĺn Sätra!
mkamionka (30870) 2011-12-30 1:53
what a surprise for me. I come originally from a Polish town Tarnow, I have even uploaded a photo from my hometown recently, and I thought my town's name is so unique and here you are showing a town with such a similar name. Beautiful location very well presented here. Charming composition with the flowers in the foreground,
Happy New Year,
fotka (3621) 2012-02-03 8:47
Its looks like we travel to some places only in different time. I have been visiting this old capital of Bulgaria a few years ago.
Great composition with red flowers in the foreground and city on the hill in the background. Fantastic colors, light and sharpness.
Miguel82 (24673) 2013-07-05 11:00
Excellent pov and superb picture of Veliko Tarnovo Gert,
A place of patrimonial and historical site deserving a visit
Useful comment about the city features
Good exposition, colors and contrast