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Buying Property Close To Historical Sites

With so many towns and villages to choose from in Bulgaria, it's wise to look for  particular features, which make the location you choose stand out from the rest.

With a growing interest in cultural tourism, investing in land or property close to one of the country's most revered historical sites may be a wise decision in light of the country's new advertising campaign promoting Bulgaria, but in a country steeped in so much history like Bulgaria it is often difficult to know which locations are likely to attract the crowds.

In this article Quest Bulgaria puts the spotlight on the top historic sites in the country and prices are stated as an average.

 

Madara

Located in northeastern Bulgaria, 80 km from the Black Sea coast, Madara is home to one of Bulgaria's most notable sites, the Madara Horseman. A copy of the famed 8th century horseman already features on the back of the stotinki coins and has been nominated as one of the country's national symbols. The impressively carved rock relief of the horseman is cut into an almost vertical rock face on the western slope of the Madara Plateau. This is the most significant early medieval monument of Bulgarian art, the only one of its kind in Europe and a UNESCO-protected heritage site. The reserve also contains a route to the top of the Madara Plateau - a great place for paragliding, the ruins of an ancient fortress and two caves, where many archeological treasures have been found. Bus- loads of tourists visit from the Black Sea beach resorts in summer and since Bulgaria's accession to the EU more culture-hungry Eastern Europeans from neighbouring states have visited in droves. The actual village of Madara lies 15 km from Bulgaria's 10th largest city, Shumen, which itself is home to some interesting cultural sights as well as having a great shopping centre and plenty of sports facilities. It is currently home to around 1,600 inhabitants, but more developers are moving into the village to build small-scale complexes of around five to ten houses. Average property prices in the area are still very cheap at 15,000 Euros and there are some beautiful renovation projects to be had. The views from the village across the lush green countryside and rocky plateau are spectacular and unrivaled in this part of the country.

Veliko Turnovo

No article on acclaimed historic sites in Bulgaria would be complete without including Veliko Turnovo, a former capital of the country and the town with the most glorious historical past. It is a symbol of Bulgarian statehood and a source of national pride for every Bulgarian. The town has 66,998 inhabitants and lies majestically perched across two banks of the Yantra River and the beautiful hills of Sveta Gora, Tsarevets and Trapezitsa in the middle of the country 240 km from the Sofia. The town and surrounding area offers a rich combination outstanding nature, historic memorials, inimitable architecture, many splendid monasteries, mineral springs and hunting farms. It ranks in first place in Bulgaria's league table of historic towns attracting international tourists all year round - possibly the most outstanding landmark in the town is the medieval Tsarevets Fortress, which contains the ramparts, the Baldwin Tower, the Royal Palace and Patriarchate, the Palace Church of St Petka and a multitude of small cross-domed churches. The surrounding countryside is spectacular and the town itself is equipped with all modern amenities and a growing shopping centre. The Old Town quarters are preserved with Bulgarian Renaissance houses, with fine interiors and some describe it as the most beautiful Bulgarian town. Now the town of Veliko Turnovo is an administrative, economical and cultural center. The audiovisual performance "Sound and Light" are attractions for the visitors of the town. Average property prices in the area stand at around 31,000 Euros, but this is a town containing prime real estate and houses have been known in past peak times to command prices in excess or half a million euros!

Perperikon

The ancient Thracian city of Perperikon is located in the Eastern Rhodope Mountains, 15 km northeast of Kardzhali and only 90 km from Plovdiv on a 470 m high rocky hill, which is thought to have once been a sacred place. It is home to some of the earliest traces of civilization dating back to the late Neolithic Period of 6th - 5th millennium BC. Archeologists have discovered many interesting pieces of Bronze Age pottery, including several well-preserved cups with characteristic curved handles. The latest archaeological excavations have revealed a site believed to be the legendary Temple of Dionysus in Mount Rhodope. Perperikon's key historic monuments consist of a Roman citadel, an acropolis at the top of the hill, a temple immediately beneath the acropolis and two outer cities, one on the northern and one on the southern slope of the hill. So far, no archaeological research has been done of the two outer cities but terrain observations indicate that they had streets and secular and religious buildings carved in the rock. A tourism centre will be constructed among the remains of the ancient city, which is guaranteed to draw even more visitors. Whilst it is not possible to live next to the ancient ruins, neighbouring villages like Perperek as well as the town of Kardzhali offer some varied and interesting investment property with average house prices in the area are as low as 23,500 Euros.


Nessebur

Situated on a rocky peninsula on the Black Sea, Nessebur is over 3,000 years old and steeped in ancient history. Originally a Thracian settlement, it became a Greek colony at the beginning of the 6th century BC. The city's remains are protected as a UNESCO world heritage site; they date mostly from the Hellenistic period and include the acropolis, a temple of Apollo and a wall from the Thracian fortifications. Other cultural monuments in the town include the medieval Stara Mitropolia Basilica and many well preserved 19th century Revival houses made from wood with tiny courtyards filled with fig trees and vine trellises. The town is the perfect place for people who want to be close to the sea and the traditional Bulgarian culture. It is also a great draw to tourists attracting close to a million visitors a year to its narrow cobblestone streets. Naturally, its popularity makes it very crowded particularly at the height of the summer season. If you are looking for a permanent move to Bulgaria, a house in Nessebur represents a more solid investment than an apartment and there are plenty of old houses that need only a limited amount of restoration work. Average house prices in the area come in at around 70,000 Euros,but small apartments can be as low as 25,000 Euros.