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Old June 17th, 2005, 05:55 AM   #1
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Veliko Tarnovo | Велико Търново

The Ancient Capital of Bulgaria
VELIKO TARNOVO

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Old June 17th, 2005, 06:03 AM   #2
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Damn.... Typical Balkan town. It feels so cosy.
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Old June 17th, 2005, 06:06 AM   #3
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I wouldn't call it typical at all. Some of the architecture is Southeast Balkans/Ottoman but everything else is just surprising and breathtaking.

It's as though someone took the Elve's kingdom in Lord of the Rings, mixed in the Great Wall of China, a little Berat, a little Sarajevo, a whole lot of ancient Bulgaria - a few dashes of the Byzantine and Ottoman empires, with a little bit of the Grand Canyon and called it a day.

That church/monument located on the peak, connected to the rest of the city by a bridge on either side is just unreal. And the wall, with the church on the mountain peak is gorgeous. The narrow, winding streets are like a glorified version of coastal Italy. It's just...

This is my new favorite non-Sarajevo city. Sorry Istanbul.
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Old June 17th, 2005, 06:14 AM   #4
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Maybe it's prettier than other Balkan towns, but you can tell right away where this is.
Especially this pic... It makes me feel like I've always been there, even though I only saw this place on photographs



It's so reminiscent.
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Old June 17th, 2005, 06:17 AM   #5
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^ Reminds me of old Skopje and Ohrid.
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Old June 17th, 2005, 07:15 PM   #6
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That place was great, especially when I visited it on a schooltrip.
But I wouldn't call it a town, it used to be Bulgaria's medieval capital, and the only reason they didn't pick it after the Liberation is that they had some nationalistic goals in mind... That's why they choose Sofia, as it would have been in the middle of a combined Bulgaria + Macedonia.
But that's another story; Tsarevets is great, there were some huge bells I don't remember what the teacher said about them. But the coolest place was Baldwin's tower, where he got locked up by Kaloyan
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Old June 17th, 2005, 08:37 PM   #7
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It looks exactly like Sarajevo to me. I mean literally, no difference at all are they the same in size too?
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Old June 18th, 2005, 04:16 AM   #8
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Blagodariam za prekrasni foto Living with Bulgarians seen this city many times. BTW - where's the fortification/city lit by nice lighting picture ?
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Old June 18th, 2005, 04:28 AM   #9
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^I think I know what you're talking about, but I can't find it. Until I do, here's some other versions of the Tsarevets pic:



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Old June 18th, 2005, 04:30 AM   #10
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Hmm, Stas I'm surprised you think that, cause the most distinguishing feature I see of the city in these images is the huge cliff.. which seems very unique to me.

By the way, Sarajevo is six times the size of Veliko Tarnovo. Veliko Tarnovo in size is more comparable to Bihac... don't know if Mila ever had a thread about that town.
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Old June 18th, 2005, 04:46 AM   #11
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^that's what I thought, I don't see much between Turnovo and Sarajevo, taking in mind Turnovo is small and has a great scenery. It's an University city, so there are quite a lot of students around, for much of its 70k pop.
Check their bus site:
http://map.propho.net/
and this site has a good history lesson:
http://www.veliko-turnovo.com/hiking/index.htm

From Велико Търново's site:




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Old June 18th, 2005, 04:49 AM   #12
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I don't think they look much the same either. But then...green, hillside city... Monkies and humans are, what, 98% genetically identical? We're picking apart differences because we know them.
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well for all other Bulgarian sights I recommend the tourism site:
http://www.bulgariatravel.org/etis/gallery.php
It's really userfriendly and contains some basic info and good pics
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If we're going to compare Veliko Tarnovo to Bosnian cities.. the pictures make me think most of some strange mix of Mostar's old town (minus the bridge) and an Orthodox version of Travnik.
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It looks exactly like Sarajevo to me. I mean literally, no difference at all are they the same in size too?
No difference at all? I almost pissed on myself now
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Alright so I've just figured it out. In terms of size, Sarajevo is slightly larger than Plovdiv (both metro and city)
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oh oh it looks like a city from LOTR
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I meant the architecture and narrow streets. It looks the same to me. These little houses and all that
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Old June 18th, 2005, 06:39 PM   #19
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amazing landscape and a beutiful city
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This is my favorite photo, very cute and charming

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