There is something else that impresses the traveller apart from the picturesque way in which the ruins stand out against the foot of the Stara Planina. The basilica is among the few landmarks in Bulgaria whose route is clearly signposted with a large billboard on the road from Sofia to Burgas.
On occasion, however, you might miss the turn off: when local bikers hang a placard announcing their annual meeting right over the sign.
Where in Bulgaria are you?
Roger C Turner in the village of Burya, region of Gabrovo, wins our Where in Bulgaria Are You? competition this month. Roger is from England but moved to Bulgaria in May 2005 to escape the rat race and seek a more peaceful life. He first saw Vagabond at Sofia Airport at the end of 2006 and has been a reader ever since: "A high-quality and informative read from cover to cover." The right answer to our quiz and a bit of good luck get Roger a weekend for two at Medite Hotel, Sandanski.