Tsarevets and Trapezitsa are included in the competition for favourite cultural and historical destinations “Wonders of the Decade”. The ranking started on the eve of the 10th anniversary of the largest national campaign for the preservation of cultural heritage and the promotion of historical tourism – Wonders of Bulgaria. It presents 20 sites that have become favourite destinations of tourists. After the vote, the winners in the Top 10 will be determined.
The poll started on December 5th on the website of “Standard”. The voting will last until December 20th. The criteria by which the sites are selected are several – reconstruction and conservation, socialization and digitalization, revenues from tourist services, inclusion in a regional route, additional attractions and more.
The nominees are Tsarevets and Trapezitsa, Provadia Solnitsata, Heraclea Sintica and the church of Vanga, Perperikon, St. Anastasia Island, Pliska and Veliki Preslav, Bachkovo Monastery and Krustova forest, Old Plovdiv, Belogradchik Rocks and Magura cave, Trigrad and Devil’s Throat Cave, Kabile, Panagyurishte Treasure, Kovatchevitsa and Leshten, Churches in Nesebar, Serdika, Tsari Mali grad, Peristera, Baba Vida, Sveshtari, Villa Armira. So far, Tsarevets and Trapezitsa are in second place, right behind the fortress “Peristera” in the town of Peshtera.
Meanwhile, the interest in Tsarevets does not stop. More than 700 tourists have visited the fortress since the tightening of the anti-epidemic measures in Bulgaria. Over 100 of the visitors are foreigners. The fortress is the only open site in Veliko Tarnovo for the period of the emergency situation because of COVID-19. What is more, five free screenings of the audio-visual show “Tsarevgrad Tarnov – sound and light” are planned for tourists. Visitors to the old capital Veliko Tarnovo can watch the show from Tsar Asen I Square from 18.00h. The screenings are on December 19th (Saturday), December 25th and 26th (Friday and Saturday). January 1st and 2nd (Friday and Saturday).