Among the rolling hills of northern Bulgaria, near Veliko Tarnovo, a strange pillar stands amid a cornfield. From afar, it looks just like one of those abandoned factory chimneys that dot Bulgaria left, right and centre. But it isn't.
This is a church, half-submerged in water – the only material remnant of the village it belonged before it was annihilated to make room for a water reservoir in the 1950s.
You are on the outskirts of a major town in the eastern parts of the Rhodope. Just off the winding road you find yourself in the middle of a field full of a bizarre rock formations, something that looks like…
Arguably Bulgaria's ugliest town, this place does have its charms, especially if you are interested in Communist-era industrial history.
Situated a few miles from the Turkish border, this small town, which is named after a large town in northern Bulgaria, was in a no-go border zone for about 50 years.
You thought that the Bulgarian Black Sea coast has been hopelessly overbuilt and is now a gaudier version of Ibiza and Mallorca the way they looked in the 1990s? You were told that cheap beer taken in ample quantities at…
There are no Jews in this city situated on a major river in Bulgaria, but their synagogue still stands – in a state of abandonment and severe dilapidation.
Located in the northern reaches of the Rila, this peak of 2,729 metres above sea level is the symbol of Bulgarian rock climbing and mountaineering.
Bulgaria does not have many forts and castles – at least not in comparison to Scotland or Romania – and there are good historical reasons for that. Still, it does have a few, charming reminders of the Middle Ages and…
Usually, winter comes as a surprise to Bulgaria's biggest town. This is the standard explanation that the City Council folk give when there is over in inch of snow and the traffic, especially away from the main roads, gets completely…
This is one of Bulgaria's most popular seaside resorts at a time when... very few visitors come. The 6th of December, in Orthodox hagiography the feast day of St Nicholas – revered also as the protector of seamen, is celebrated…
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AMERICA FOR BULGARIA FOUNDATION CELEBRATES BULGARIAN SUPERHEROES

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Over 500 representatives of the Bulgarian NGO sector, entrepreneurs and diplomats attended the annual meeting of the America for Bulgaria Foundation with its grantees in Sofia, on 30 January. Everyday...

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