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World Heritage List Great Sights of Bulgaria

Bulgaria is a picturesque small country that has existed for more that 13 centuries in Europe. The ancient country links the east and the west. Bulgaria is in southeastern Europe, in the southeastern part of the Balkan peninsula.


The United Nations, UNESCO, has developed and maintained a list of significant places in the world, known as the World Heritage List, which is selected by a committee. Of the 851 world wide properties selected for their outstanding universal value, nine are in Bulgaria. Travel to Bulgaria to see these significant historic places.

Following are the properties that the United Nations has selected for the World Heritage List in Bulgaria:

Boyana Church, Sofia: Boyana Church was built in the 10th century. The church enlarged in the13th century. The third church was built in in the 19th century. The eastern church consists of three buildings. Frescoes painted in 1259 make it one of the important collections of medieval paintings. The site is one of the most complete, perfectly preserved monuments of eastern European medieval art.
Madara Rider, Village of Madara, Province of Shumen: The Madara Rider is a carving in a 100 mile high cliff near the Village of Madara in northeast Bulgaria. The carving represents the figure of a knight triumphing over a lion. Madara was Bulgaria's principal sacred place before conversion to Christianity in the 9th century. Inscriptions inside the sculpture tell stories of events dating from 705 AD to 801 AD.
Rock-Hewn Churches of Ivanovao, Province of Ruse: The valley of the Roussenski Lorn River is in north east Bulgaria. A complex of rock-hewn churches, chapels, monasteries and cells were developed during the 12th century. 14th century murals show the skills of the artists who belonged to the Tarnovo school of painting.

Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak, Province of Stara Zagora: Tomb dates from the Hellenistic period, around the end of the 4th century BC. The tome was discovered in 1944. The round burial chamber is decorated with murals, which are the best preserved artistic masterpieces fro the Hellenistic period.

Ancient City of Nessebar, Burgas Province: 3,000 year old site is situated on a rocky peninsula on the Black Sea. The The Greek colony dates mostly from the Hellenistic period.

Pirin National Park,Pirin Mountain, Blogoevgrad Province: Priin National Park is in the PIrin Mountains, in Southwest Bulgaria. The park has a limestone Balkan landscape with lakes, waterfalls, caves and pines forests. The park has rugged mountains, 70 glacial lakes, and hundreds of rare species.

Rila Monastery, Kyustendil Province: Rila Monastery was founded by John of Rila, a hermit canonized by the Orthodox Church. The monastery was founded in the 10th century. Rila's ascetic dwelling and tomb become an holy place and monastic complex. eh complex was destroyed by fire in the early 19th century and rebuilt between 1834 and 1862. The monument is an example of the Bulgarian Renaissance.
Srebarna Nature Reserve, Village of Srebarna, Province of Silstra: Freshwater lake which is adjacent to the Danube River. The lake is a breeding ground of nearly 100 species of birds, many of which are rare or endangered.

Thracian Tomb of Sveshtari, Razgard Province: 3rd century BC Thracian tomb was discovered in 1982. The tomb is a reminder of eh culture of the Getes, who were a Thracian people in contact with the Hellenistic and Hyperborean worlds.