WHERE IN BULGARIA ARE YOU?

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There are times when even hard-boiled sceptics tired of discovering that much-boasted Bulgarian "tourist gems" are not exactly anything to write home about give up, as their jaws pop open at the sight of a little known yet truly remarkable monument.

This church, known as the Red Basilica, is one of these places.

Built about 1,500 years ago, it is situated in one of Bulgaria's wine producing regions at the northern foot of the Rhodope, with Plovdiv just a half-an-hour drive away. A precious remain of Byzantine culture, it is not signposted and not maintained. Even some of its murals have survived and can be seen today, in spite of the uninterrupted exposure to the elements for at least 10 centuries.

Where in Bulgaria are you?

Email your answers to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and you can win a weekend for two at Madona Inn, Belogradchik. The winner will be selected in a draw.

Diana PetrovaDiana Petrova (pictured in the middle) guessed correctly that Bozhentsi is the answer of the Vagabond No. 66 Where in Bulgaria Are You quiz and won a weekend for two in Djudjevata House, Kalofer. Diana is from a "small town at the feet of Rila" and lives in Varna. She "adores" the Black Sea and the seafood and is a frequent visitor of the Shakespeare and Friends Bookstore (check it out if in the region and craving for a proper English-language book) where she saw Vagabond for the first time. Diana loves trekking in the mountains, it helps her relax so she does it every summer. She started reading Vagabond because it takes an honest and non-conformist approach towards Bulgaria's landmarks.

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