About Tsarevets Castle

Tsarevets Castle in the Bulgarian city of Veliko Tarnovo is a medieval fortress complex and was the centre of the Second Bulgarian Empire, which ruled the region from the 12th to 14th centuries AD.

First constructed on the site of an earlier Byzantine fort, by the late 12th century Tsarevets Castle had become the headquarters of the Bulgarian forces, who overthrew Byzantine rule in the region. For the next two centuries, Tsarevets Castle housed the royal palaces and administration of the new regime.

However, by the late 14th century the continued rise of the Ottoman Empire put increasing pressure on the Bulgarian forces, and, along with the region as a whole, Tsarevets Castle was captured by the Ottoman army.

For much of the medieval period Tsarevets Castle continued to flourish as a centre of religion, trade and administration.

In the 20th century significant restoration projects were undertaken at Tsarevets Castle, including the restoration of the Patriarch’s Palace and Baldwin’s Tower.

Today, visitors can tour the castle complex and visit the restored Baldwin’s Tower from where there are great views of the locality. Sound and light shows are also held within Tsarevets Castle at certain times. This site also features as one of our Top 10 Bulgarian Tourist Attractions.

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