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Ottoman Travel Bulgaria

Travel Ottoman Bulgaria to see, taste and feel a past not forgotten. No doubt it’s not forgotten. How could it be?! It’s 500 years of ‘common coexistence’. Coexistence not very peaceful most of the time. However, by far these are the most controversial times of Bulgarian history. These were the times when Bulgaria had its indisputable heroes.

”We are within time and time is within us, it changes us and we change it”

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Vasil Levski together with Hristo Botev and a lot other Bulgarians are our heroes. Heroes who fought for a free Bulgaria. And they made it. They granted a state with “freedom of the people, of every individual, and of every religion” to us.

We, today’s Bulgarians live in a country of great heroes and inheritance from those days. Travel Ottoman Bulgaria and you can be surprised how often locals and even tourist signs refer to some bridges as ‘Roman’. This, probably, is normal because everything is so old that its true history has been forgotten. In that sense, it’s easier to think that ‘everything-old-is-Roman’ rule.

However, many are that things that stayed on Bulgarian lands after the Ottoman Empire. Bulgaria’s largest and also quite probably the most beautiful mosque is in Shumen. Its name is Tombul Mosque. The mosque’s name comes from the shape of its dome. Tombul Mosque is the second largest on the Balkan Peninsula after the Sultan Selim Mosque in the Turkish town of Odrin (Edirne).

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When you do tours Sofia, you shouldn’t miss the National Archaeological Museum. It’s in the centre of Sofia and it occupies the building of the largest and oldest former Ottoman mosque in the city. Originally, people knew it as Koca Mahmut Pasa Camii.

The mosque of the seven girls

When we talk about wonders and mysteries, we surely mention the Rhodope mountains. This completely wooden mosque, an example of an old construction technology, is located in the Rhodopean village of Podkova. Although it is a mosque, people of different religions visit it. It’s, in fact, the temple of belief. Due to that, most probably, this mosque was constructed without the use of nails. For such places there are usually many legends. The legend here is of seven girls who sent their beloved ones to the battlefield to never see them again. As their fiances didn’t come back, the girls sold their trousseau to buy materials. They built the mosque for a night and nobody saw them ever again. The legend doesn’t finish here. But I am not going to tell you more.

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Travel Ottoman Bulgaria and find out. Do you know what is interesting? Together with the Ottoman heritage, the ones who come to Bulgaria can also become part of its traditions. Nestinarstvo Bulgaria tours and many more traditions attract with enormous energy. A wonder or a strong belief is everything in Bulgaria.

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Balkan tours 2018

Balkan Peninsula is among the most visited regions in the world. With Balkan Tours 2018 you will discover the modern and elite today and at the same time feel the mystic scent of history in the Balkan countries. These are countries that know a lot and lived a lot. Balkan tours that you will experience in these geographical regions you will remember as your unique moment.

In the Balkan tours 2018 you will be able to visit 16 cities including Kotor in a 14-day tour. 2018 Balkan tours include: Turkey, Greece, Bulgaria, Croatia, North Macedonia. Also, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania and Montenegro. Istanbul and Edirne in Turkey. Athens and Thessaloniki in Greece. Then, Kazanlak, Melnik, Sofia and Haskovo in Bulgaria. Dubrovnik in Croatia. Skopje and Ohrid in North Macedonia. Certainly, Sarajevo and Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina. And last but not least, Albania and Montenegro.

Let us continue with brief explanations of the history and general characteristics of the countries involved in this Balkan entity.

Balkan Tours 2018 – Turkey…

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The best period to visit Turkey with its unique geography, which you can experience differently in the four seasons, varies according to the region you like to visit. When you think of Turkey, Istanbul is the first city to come to mind. City tours of Istanbul – the home to many visits throughout the year. The city where the East and the West meet. With magnificent mosques, lively bazaars and rich history, Istanbul is a complete civilization.

Balkan Tours 2018 – Greece…

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 “You should see the landscape of Greece. It would break your heart.” – Lawrance Durrell

Neighbouring Greece is another Balkan country that offers both sea and cultural holiday with their very old history, beautiful islands and people. Athens, the capital of Greece, is a whole country where you will find much more than the ancient streets…

Balkan Tours 2018 – Bulgaria…

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The Thracian, Slavic, Byzantine and Ottoman states were always dominant in Bulgaria. Proofs of that dominance are everywhere around the country. Due to them, the nature and the hospitable people, Bulgaria is a famous and preferred destination. The country’s capital Sofia, where you can go sightseeing Sofia, is one of Europe’s leading cultural cities and it is also improving day by day.

The Kazanlak Tomb in the town of Kazanlak, the Thracian tombs in Sveshtari, the Rila monastery (117 km south of Sofia) – the largest Orthodox monastery on the Balkan Peninsula, are UNESCO protected historic centres in Bulgaria.

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