Bulgaria has the honor of having 7 cultural sights as well as 2 natural sites. The country, at this moment, has 13 sites on the tentative list, meaning in the near future they may have as many as 22 world heritage listings.
Boyana Church (1979 induction date)
This church located near the capitol of Bulgaria, Sophia, was built during the 10th century with additions and additional building being added several centuries later. The paintings inside date back to 1259, making it one of the most important collections of medieval paintings in the world. Unique to these sites, the Boyana Church is in perfect condition.
Rock Hewn Churches of Ivanovo (1979)
Located in North East Bulgaria this site is perhaps the most intriguing. This complex of churches, cells, monasteries, and chapels are exactly where the hermits climbed out of their cells and churches in the 12th century. The murals inside the churches are the real draw here and nicely show the craftsmanship of the medieval artists.
Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak (1979)
Madara Wider (1979)
In North East Bulgaria there is a carving dating back to AD705. 100 M high on a cliff, you will see the knight triumphing over a lion, just outside the small town of Madara. Before the town converted to Christianity during the 9th century, this town was considered to be the most sacred place.
Srebarna Nature Reserve (1983)
The nature reserve is really a beautiful freshwater lake sitting across from the Danube. It covers over 1400 acres and is quite bio diverse. The area is a breeding ground for many different species of rare or endangered birds and a refuge for many more; white spoonbill, great egret, Dalmation pelican, glossy ibis, and purple heron. This area is an important reminder of the types of wetlands that used to permeate the entire country.
Ancient City of Nessebar (1983)
The 3000-year-old ruins located on a rocky outpost in the Black Sea date from the Hellenistic period. The site includes; the temple of Apollo, the Acropolis, an agora, and a fortified wall. This was, by far, one of the most important towns of the Black Sea.
Rila Monastery (1983)
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Pirin National Park (1983)
Pirin is a beautiful national park covering over 98,000 acres in the mountains of Bulgaria. The park consists of a beautiful landscape of pine forest, colorful glacial lakes, stunning waterfalls, caves and more. The reasons this park has been included in the list is for meeting the criterion's of exceptional beauty, being a good example of the evolution of flora in the area, and for it's diverse geology, among other things.
Thracian Tomb of Sveshtari (1985)
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There is so much to see in Bulgaria whether you plan to visit to enjoy skiing, beautiful mountains, architecture, culture or historically important sites.
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