Prohodna" (to pass though) cave is a cave corridor - a spectacular rock bridge whose direction is oriented from east to west. It was formed at the end of the Cretaceous period 66-68 million years ago. In the past the waters of Iskar River were filling the cave. Now the level of the river is under the floor of the cave.

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The village of Shiroka laka is located in the Rhodope mountain. The village’s name originates from the old Bulgarian word for “curve”. Shiroka Laka was founded in the 17th century and today is one of the most visited touristic attractions. The village has preserved the architecture from the National Revival Era, its traditional music, beautiful nature and history. Shiroka Laka is famous for its beautiful authentic Rhodope houses located amphitheatrically on both sides of the river.

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Damascena Ethnographic Complex is located in Skobelevo, Pavel Banya Municipality. The complex has a small museum, a huge garden and a rose distillery where visitors can observe the production of rose oil and learn various specific facts about the flower Rose Damascena.

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Rila Monastery “St. Ivan Rilski” is the largest spiritual and literary center in Bulgaria. It is National museum and cultural monument of world importance in UNESCO’s list. It preserves the relics of the hermit Ivan Rilski and one of the miraculous icons of the Holy Mother Hodegetria.

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Plovdiv is the second largest city in Bulgaria, a contemporary of Troy, the oldest living city in Europe, ancient and eternal, unique in its beauty and richness of its cultural heritage whose pride is one of the two operating Ancient Theaters in the world, European capital of culture for 2019. The unique thing about it is that from the moment it was first inhabited in the VI millennium B.C. to the present day its territory has been inhabited without interruption.

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The capital of Bulgaria, Sofia, is a city with 7,000 years of history, making it unique in Europe as one of the cities with the most ancient past. In the ideal center of the city can be found objects from the life of the Neolithic man, remains of the Stone and Bronze Ages. It is believed that the ancient people choose this place for their settlement because of the hot mineral springs which abound in the Sofia field. Most of them are in today's city center - near the old mineral bath, around the Presidency, in the Lozenets neighborhood, in the neighborhoods of Gorna Banya and Knyazhevo. Their temperature varies from 21 ° C to 42 ° C, they contain a lot of ions and salts and have healing effect.

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Sveshtari Royal Tomb was built in the first half of the 3rd century B.C. It has impressive dimensions – 7.5 m long, 6.5 m wide and 4.45 m high on the insight. The scholars believe that this is the last home of Dromichaetes, king of the Thracian tribe Getae living on both sides of the lower Danube. The tomb has unique architectural decor and the burial chamber is extremely beautiful. Three of the sides of the chamber are shaped like colonnade, but instead of being supported by columns the blocks of the vault are supported by the figures of ten women with their hands raised to the ceiling, called caryatids. Their height is 1.2 m. The mastery of their creators is confirmed by the fact that each one of them has a different face. Their hair is curly and goes down to their shoulders and there are baskets above their heads. Their faces, hair and clothes were dyed and 2 millennia later we can clearly see this dye on their hair.

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Veliko (Great) Tarnovo is the 15th largest city in the country and undoubtedly one of the most beautiful and visited towns in Bulgaria. Tarnovo is the third capital of the Bulgarian kingdom (from 1187 to 1393). During its medieval heyday the city played an important role on the European economic and political scene. Today, as if to remind of the past power of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom, the restored fortress on Tsarevets Hill rises above the old capital.

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The ancient Villa Armira is one of the earliest and most accurately dated villa complexes from the Roman era that can be seen in Bulgaria. It is an exceptional architectural monument that was constructed more than 2000 years ago. This is the most lavishly decorated private house remained from the Roman era. The villa with the land was the center of an estate founded by a rich Thracian aristocratic family. Its first ruler was the heir of a Thracian king. He received the status of a Roman citizen for service rendered to the Roman authorities and gained the right to establish a villa farming which he managed to organize in the 50s - 70s of the 1st century AD. or only around 20 years after the final conquest of Thrace by Rome.

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The city of Tryavna is personification of the most beautiful and exquisite that has reached us since the time of the National Bulgarian Revival. Today the Revival part of the city is turned into Architectural historical preserve. The legends say that once upon a time, high in the Tryavna mountain, was raising the summer palace of Assenevtsi dynasty. Herds of horses grazed the lush grass on the spacious meadows.

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Vidin is a city with centuries of history. It has been founded in the ancient times where was once located the old Celtic settlement with the name of Dunonia. The romans built later a fortified city under the name of Bononia which the Bulgarians called Bdin and after Vidin.

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Zlatograd is the city of the white Rhodope houses, of the legendry rebel Delyo, of the typical “spined coffee” and of the lamb meat roasted on a spit. Here is one of the oldest churches in the Rhodope mountain - “Assumption of Virgin Mary” - which preserved its original look with the unique icon of the Holy Mother also known as Virgin Mary with knife in the heart. There are also authentic cell school and chandlery from 1834.

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The Madara Horseman is a bas-relief carved on a sheer rock near the village of Madara in northeastern Bulgaria. It is the only rock relief in Europe from the early Middle Ages and has been declared UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Melnik - a city of museums, a city of history, the smallest town in Bulgaria ... You enter the city and seems that you find yourself in a past epoch – beautiful houses with tiled roofs, narrow streets, stone roads and carts, barrels of wine. Melnik is famous throughout Europe for its good exquisite wine.

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Leshten is one of the most picturesque villages in Bulgaria, an architectural reseve that will bring you 180 years back in time. The beautiful architecture makes the village a favorite place for movie and music video making. The roofs of the house have stone slabs, the gates are wooden, the streets are narrow.

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High on the western scarps of the Rhodope mountain, at 1200 m., you can find one of the national architectural legends – Kovachevitsa village. Each of the village houses has won parts of the scarce rocky ground with the glorious construction feat of many generations. The common architectural style from the National Revival period is so unique that it has no analogue in the Bulgarian architecture. In 1950s in Kovachevitsa began strong migrant processes.

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The Thracian tomb in the city of Kazanlak is one of the most significant monuments of the Thracian culture on Bulgarian land. It is included in UNESCO Cultural Heritage list in 1979. The tomb has round doom and is part of a large royal Thracian necropolis in the Valley of the Thracian Rulers near their ancient capital of Seuthopolis.. It is dated around the 4th century B.C. – beginning of the 3rd century B.C.

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The village of Elena is hidden in the so called Elena Balkan (Old Mountain) detached from the noise and the busy city life. It is situated in the picturesque valley of Elena river and combines centuries of history, traditions that have remained intact over the centuries and, of course, magnificent nature.

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Devil’s Throat Cave is precipice and is 1.5 km long. It is shaped by an underground river which forms the highest cave waterfall on the Balkans. The cave gets its name because the entrance resembles a devil's head. Some people relate the cave to the devil because if something drops in the waters it can no longer be found.

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The Archaeological Reserve Ivanovo Rock-Hewn Churches is one of the 9 natural sites in Bulgaria that is included in the UNESCO World Heritage list. The Rock-hewn Churches of Ivanovo are a group of monolithic churches, chapels and monasteries hewn out of solid rock and completely different from other monastery complexes in Bulgaria.

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In 1979 Boyana Church “St. Nicholas and St. Panteleimon” famous for its medieval frescoes was included in UNESCO World Heritage List.
Several construction stages are distinguished in the Boyana temple. In the 10th – 11th century was built a small one-apse cross-vaulted church with inbuilt cruciform supports that was renovated in the 12th century. In the 13th century to the west facаdе of the old church was added a narthex and a small family chapel above it. In the middle of the 19th century was completed two-storied anteroom "St. Nicholas and St. Panteleimon”. The church was an operating temple until 1954.
The donator’s inscription written in old Bulgarian in the church narthex indicates the year (1259) when its decoration was completed, it contains the names of the donators and the family relation of the local feodal-donator to the Bulgarian ruler and the Serbian king.

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Bozhentsi is administrative, commercial, cultural and spiritual center. In 1964 it has been established as architectural and historic preservation. The locals keep the village’s spirit vivid and original. The name Bozhentsi originates from the brave boyar Bozhana that succeeded to run away from the capital Tarnovo when the Second Bulgarian Kingdom had fallen. The brave woman who remained widow was determined to save her family so she was headed to the mountain. They ran for a long time without looking back to the burning capital and were seeking a hidden and secure place where to find shelter. Finally they found a spring with strong water that was surrounded by deep forest and decided to settle there. With the time the settlement started growing and kept the name of Bozhentsi. The local people are famous for their courage, persistence and diligence.

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Arbanasi is a small village set on a high plateau between the larger towns of Veliko Tarnovo and Gorna Oryahovitsa, a home of 7 medieval churches with a breathtaking view to the ancient Bulgarian capital. The houses are brilliant examples of Bulgarian National Revival architecture – white, stone made with high pillars almost look like fortresses.

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In May 2009 was opened the museum “Thracian Art in the Eastern Rhodope” where can be seen an exact copy of the famous Alexander’s tomb situated near by the museum. The cultural Thracian heritage in the region is represented by moveable cultural monuments dated from the late Iron Age (VI – I century B.C.). The visitors can also admire the most remarkable archaeological monuments in the Eastern Rhodope mountains, Sakar mountain and the valley of river Maritsa. Here can be seen gold treasure dated around 4500 – 4000 year B.C.

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Agushevi Konaci or Agush Inn is the largest late Medieval feudal castle on the Balkan Peninsula. The complex is situated in the village of Mogilitsa and it was built in the course of 20 years (from 1820 to 1840) by three master masons for the rich local merchant Agush aga (aga – Turkish, means Sir) and his 3 sons.

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The Seven Rila Lakes is a group of glacial lakes situated in the northwestern part of Rila Mountain. It is the most visited lake group from both Bulgarian and foreign tourists. Each one of the lakes has its own unique name that is associated with its particularities: the Teardrop, the Eye, the Kidney, the Twin, the Trefoil, the Fish lake and the Lower lake.

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If we follow the footsteps of the ancient Thracians in direction of the village of Mezek that is located at the border between Rhodope and Sakar mountain we will reach 2 exceptionally interesting cultural and architectural sites – the Thracian domed tomb and the medieval fortress – that became symbol of the village.

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