Veliko Tarnovo /Veliko Turnovo/, the medieval capital of
Bulgaria, is brought to you with more than 7000 years of history.
The houses, stacked one above the other, situated on the slopy hills
of the town show a remarkable, unique architectural
The bridges, unexpectedly flying over the river, palaces and towers,
spectacular museums, ancient columns with writings left by our proud
rulers, monasteries with unique murals and the Arbanassi
The nights are filled with the constant voice of the river, the
glitters and dazed lights, playing on the fairy face of the town and
the noise of the energy-filled stormy student's life.
The village of Arbanassi was founded in the late 15th century
by Christian settlers from the South-Western parts of the Balkan
Peninsula. In the early 15th century it was still a settlement of
little importance belonging to several Ottoman officials. In 1555 it
became property of the Grand Vizier Roustem pasha. Afterwards, the
village got some tax concessions and was exempt from state duties in
return for safeguarding the pass nearby. By 1582 Arbanassi had been
registered as a vakaf (private property) of the Grand Vizier and got
even greater fiscal relief. The revenues from the village were meant
to support the Moslem establishment. What was of prime importance
for this particular village is the fact that there lived Christians
only, though of different nationalities, hence its homogeneity and
its internal stability. The most significant integrating factor,
however, came to be the language they shared - Greek.
The land of roses, Bulgaria, is a small country of ancient
culture, scenic beauty, friendly people, hospitality and warmth.
Bulgaria is situated in south-eastern Europe. It occupies the
central part of Balkan peninsula on both sides of the Balkan
Range (the Balkans), from which the peninsula hase taken its name.
The grater part of the northern border with Romania passes along the
Danube, and the eastern border is the Black Sea.