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.
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
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
^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
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