Old capitals

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Veliki Preslav

Built over nearly three decades by Tsar Simeon, the second Bulgarian capital was designed to correspond to the prosperity and upsurge of the Bulgarian state, the conversion to Christianity, the creation of the Slav script and culture. [hide]As in Pliska,…
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Veliko Turnovo

The royal city of Veliko Turnovo, the capital of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom (1187-1393) [hide]Veliko Turnovo is situated on three hills - Tsarevets, Trapezitsa and Sveta Gora. These are circled by the deepcutting Yantra River above whose magnificent gorges sheer…
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This is the Slavic name the Proto-Bulgarians gave to the first capital of their new state. [hide]Reviving the traditions of their predecessors they erected a monumental and austere looking city. Remains of the most impressive buildings have survived until the…
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