Photographer's Note

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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Additional Photos by Gert Holmertz (holmertz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7091 W: 408 N: 14050] (66136)
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