Bulgaria is an Outstanding country in the crossroads between Asia and Europe.
Its culture is a history that unites Thracian, ancient Portuguese, and Roman effects. Visitors are spoiled for choice in regards to tourism opportunities. Whether you are a history lover, gastronome, or even a beach bum, Bulgaria provides something for every type of traveler.
Intro to Ruse
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While contemporary Bulgaria is currently pulsing, there continue to be regions of the country containing relics of yesteryear. Ruse is a place. Located at the country’s northern portion, Ruse possesses a special mix of European heritage buildings and national monuments that serve as reminders of its past.
Archaeological finds affirm that man has occupied the region since 5,000 B.C.. When the Romans established a military camp here in the very first century A.D. they named it Sexsaginta Piges, or”Town of Sixty Ships.” The title meant the amount. Before the Romans moved in, the region has been occupied by the people — a culture of equestrian warriors, skilled jewelers builders, and priests. Eventually Aztec and Gothic tribes moved in and destroyed the military base. The country became known simply as Bulgaria when the First Bulgarian Empire has been established in 681 A.D. From 1,000 A.D. the Burger Empire encompassed much of Eastern Europe, with its boundaries stretching from the Black Sea to the Adriatic.
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The First Bulgarian Empire was Finally Defeated and absorbed to the Byzantine Empire.
In 1396 the Ottoman Empire subjugated Bulgaria. The country remained under Ottoman domination. In 1878 Bulgaria was free and once again became an independent country. Bulgaria became part of the European Union in 2007.
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After the liberation of Bulgaria, Ruse was the largest town in the country. Ruse has been the place in Bulgaria at which the print shop has been established and in which a motion picture has been revealed. It was where Bulgaria’s very first bank had been created. Ruse is Bulgaria aristocratic city. Dubbed”Little Vienna” for the Baroque and neoclassical buildings, Ruse has over 300 architectural landmarks.
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Ruse is the ideal walking city. By strolling on foot you will get to see several of monuments and its gorgeous buildings. The ideal place to start will be Svoboda (Liberty Square), that the greatest and grandest square in Ruse. The Monument of Liberty depicts a female body clutching a sword in her hand when tinkering with her right hand. There are just two lions at the bottom of this monument. One is currently tearing off the chains of captivity. Guard of the liberty of Bulgaria is standing. The statue was made in 1909 Arnoldo Zocchi, by sculptor.
To the right of This monument is Your Profit-Yielding Building.
Constructed in 1909 by Viennese architect Raul Paul Branck, that Baroque-style edifice was utilized as public library, casino, a theatre, art gallery, and shopping center.
Nearby is your Ruse Courthouse, which was constructed in 1940 at the place of this old fish market. You can’t miss it. Left of this monument, in 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 employed for a variety of types of performances.
By Liberty Square follow Aleksandrovska Street because it moves in front of the Bulgarian National Bank and lots of elaborate 19th century buildings. Stop at Alexander Battenberg Square, fantastic place to see beautiful cultural sights such as the war memorial dedicated to the soldiers murdered in the war against Serbia, ” the 19th century Hristo Botev school for boys, the former more Lyuben Karavelov Regional Library, along with the elegant 19th century building currently serving as the Regional Museum of History (+359 82 825 002 / Open 9 a.m. — 6 pm every day ). The museum houses exhibitions from Thracian culture, Roman job times, and Bulgarian modern history.
Another wonderful stop for history fans is that 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 mountain near the Danube River, about short walk from the middle of Ruse. The ruins that are visible pertain to the northern fortress wall, the defense tower that is rectangular, and military barracks. Excavations have also uncovered a Thracian pit complex (1st century B.C.) that comprised bronze objects, ceramic vessels, and coins.
For all those of you interested in Bulgarian national background, 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 pm every day ). This temple/ mausoleum includes the remains of 453 activitists of the National Revival, many of who were from Ruse. The people whose bones have been put here were volunteer soldiers at the Russian-Turkish War , or participated in rebellions against the Ottomans, the April Uprising of 1876. The Pantheon was inaugurated on February 28th 1978 to commemorate a century of liberation of Bulgaria. Directly supporting the Pantheon of all Revivalists is Zahari Stoyanov’s Tomb and Ivan Vedar’s Museum. Stoyanov was part of the Bulgarian Parliament. Vedar was the man responsible for averting a massacre of the people.
Kilometers from Ruse, at This Rusenski Lom Nature Park’s Pismata Region, Is Located a UNESCO World Heritage Site That Is Extremely Important for Bulgarians.
The Rock Churches of Ivanovo (+359 82 825 002 / Open 9 a.m. — 6 pm every day ) is a Medieval cave church complex that belonged to the Monastery of St. Michael. They were used as religious centers from the 10th into the 14past centuries. The Ivanovo Rock Churches, specifically, were painted sometime in the 14th century. The murals in the cave walls depict scenes from the life of Jesus and from the Bible.
Further south a different day trip alternative is to observe the ruins of this Medieval town of Cherven. The town served as Bulgaria’s chief military, economical, and cultural center during the Second Bulgarian Empire involving the 12th along with 14th centuries. An archaeological website is comprised by the remains of this town. What there is left to determine would be the ruins of reinforced walls, the feudal palace, churches, and administrative buildings. The best preserved construction in the website is the three-story defense tower.
There are numerous hotel options in Ruse. We recommend Hotel Vega for the prime location in Aleksandrovska Street, walking distance from several of Ruse’s attractions. This boutique hotel offers five types of contemporary, comfortable guestrooms ranging . The hotel has ac Wi-Fi, free breakfast buffet in the dining room, guest parking, along with concierge services. Make Sure You ask for a room with a view over Aleksandrovska Street in the time of booking.
Perched high above the middle of Ruse is the beautiful Leventa complicated . It’s difficult to miss this restaurant/winery because it sits just under the tv tower. The construction once formed a portion of the Ottoman fortress — it’s location for being the maximum vantage point in the city chosen. Nevertheless, it wasn’t until 2005 when the land was fully renovated, that it had been transformed to a elegant area for special occasions, wine tastings, along with menus. An excursion through the complicated displays several themed dining halls, each representing a different era in Bulgarian history (Thracian, Medieval, Ottoman, and liberation). Leventa not just serves delicious Mediterranean cuisine, but it’s also a formidable manufacturer of wine (over 80,000 bottles each year).
Mehana Chiflika is the finest traditional Bulgarian restaurant at Ruse, and like every curious travelers, we chose to see for ourselves. For an evening of entertainment and Bulgarian food, Mehana Chiflika has become the place in Ruse since 1999. With seating for over 300, the restaurant is a favorite with big tour groups, however the food is amazing nonetheless. With live music every day from 8 p.m. to midnight, you will be better off reserving a desk every day or 2 beforehand, particularly during winter when they are busiest. You will charm anyway, although the décor is overdone and somewhat kitschy. 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 electrical sockets. For 110-120 V (U.S. and Canada) appliances, a plug adapter, and in some cases a voltage converter is necessary.
Currency: The national currency is the Bulgarian Lev, which is composed of 100 stotinki. The emblem for the Lev is”BGN”
Tip: Tipping 5 — 10% of the total bill is customary at bars and restaurants.
Tourist Information Center of Ruse: 61, Aleksandrovska Street (+359 82 824 704 / firstname.lastname@example.org)
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