100 Tourist Sites of Bulgaria

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100 Tourist Sites of Bulgaria is a Bulgarian national movement established in 1966 to promote tourism among Bulgaria's most significant cultural, historic, and natural landmarks.

As part of this program, sites of cultural and historical significance have been selected, ranging from historic places and monuments to archaeological and architectural sanctuaries, museums, monasteries, as well as national parks, mountain peaks and other geological phenomena. Each of the chosen landmarks has its own individual seal, which is stamped onto pages of an official passport-like booklet issued by the Bulgarian Tourist Union (BTU). A booklet can be purchased at any tourist union center or on location at any of the sites and it costs a symbolic 1 lev. The booklet comes with a separate map which includes a list of the sites, their addresses and working hours. The maximum number of collectible stamps per booklet is 100 and, contrary to the movement's title, the exact number of official sites exceeds the number 100.

A reward scheme has been developed to encourage collection of as many stamps as possible. Depending on the number of stamps collected, participants may receive bronze, silver or gold badges. 25 stamps earn bronze, 50 stamps earn silver and 100 stamps (a complete booklet) earn gold. The National Organizational Committee of the BTU holds an annual lottery for the previous year's badge earners every August. Prizes include domestic and overseas excursions, bicycles, tents, sleeping bags, and other travel-related items.

Some landmarks in the original program highlighted Bulgaria's Communist government, which collapsed on November 10, 1989. In 2003 the BTU removed many of these sites from the official list. Both the original and current lists appear below. The list has since seen minor changes in 2007, 2008 and 2009.

A variety of organizations and institutions participated in developing and promoting the 100 Tourist Sites of Bulgaria. These include:

One hundred national tourist sites[edit]

4. A view of Melnik and its sand pyramids
6. Malko Tarnovo – centre of the Ilinden-Preobrazhenie Uprising – Museum of History
7. The fortifications at the entrance of Nesebar
11. Veliko Tarnovo, capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire between 1185 and 1393
13. The medieval Bulgarian fortress of Baba Vida in Vidin
24. The medieval fortress on Kaliakra headland
29. Seven Rila Lakes in the Rila mountains
45. Hristo Botev's house in Kalofer
71. The 6th century Saint Sofia Church in Sofia
74. Stone river in Vitosha
96. Pliska, the first Bulgarian capital between 681 and 893
  1. Bansko — Velyanov House,[1] Neofit Rilski Museum,[2] Nikola Vaptsarov Museum,[3] Permanent Icon Exhibition "Bansko Art School",.[4]
  1. a Bansko- Holy Trinity Church[5]
  2. Pirin mountain — Vihren Peak
  3. Dobarsko village — Church of Theodore Tyro and Theodore Stratilates[6]
  4. Melnik — Historical Museum of Melnik,[7] Kordopulov House, 4a Rozhen Monastery.
  5. PetrichRupite Protected Area including St. Petka Church,[8] 5a Samuil's Fortress National Park Museum, 5b Heraclea Sintica ancient Greek city.
  6. NesebarNesebar Archaeological Museum
    6a PomorieSalt Museum, Pomorie, 6bLake Pomorie
  7. Burgas – Cathedral of Saints Cyril and Methodius, Poda Protected Area, '7a Aytos rock formation "Three brothers"
  8. Malko TarnovoPetrova Niva Site, Museum of History
    8a. Sozopol — Archaeological Museum
  9. Varna — Museum of History and the Maritime Museum
  10. DevnyaMuseum of Mosaics
  11. Veliko TarnovoTsarevets archaeological reserve, Museum of History, Arbanasi architectural reserve
  12. SvishtovAleko Konstantinov's House
  13. VidinKonaka Museum (Museum of History) and Baba Vida Fortress
  14. Magura Cave
  15. Belogradchik – Museum of History, Belogradchik Rocks. (Formerly also: Belogradchik Fortress)
  16. VratsaLedenika Cave, Regional Museum of History
    16a. Mezdra (added in the 2010s) – Kaleto archaeological complex
  17. Mount Okolchitsa — the place of Hristo Botev's death
  18. KozloduyRadetzky steamship-museum, Monument of Hristo Botev
  19. GabrovoEtar Architectural-Ethnographic Complex, Museum of Education, Uzana locality, House of Humour and Satire
  20. Bozhentsi village — Architectural and historical reserve
  21. Tryavna — Museum of the Wood-Carving and Ethnographical Arts
  22. DryanovoDryanovo Monastery, Kolyu Ficheto Museum, Bacho Kiro Cave
  23. Dobrich — House of Yordan Yovkov, Art Gallery
  24. BalchikPalace complex
    24a. University Botanic Garden
    24b. KavarnaKaliakra Headland, Kaliakra Archaeological reserve
  25. Kardzhali — Ruins of Perperikon, Monastery of John the Precursor (Св. Йоан Предтеча)
    25a. Regional Museum of History
  26. KyustendilVladimir Dimitrov Art Gallery, House of Dimitar Peshev, Medieval Church of St George museum, regional historical museum
  27. Blagoevgrad (added in the 2010s) – Varosha Quarter, regional historical museum
    27a. Ruen Peak in Osogovo Mountain
  28. Rila Monastery
  29. Skakavitsa Chalet and the Seven Rila Lakes
  30. LovechVasil Levski Museum, Kakrina Inn
    30a. Karlukovo (added in the 2010s) – National cave house
    30b. DevetakiDevetashka cave
  31. Troyan — Natural History Museum at Cherni Osam, Troyan Monastery, Museum of Folk Arts
  32. Teteven — Museum of History
  33. Brestnitsa village — Saeva Dupka Cave
  34. Berkovitsa — Museum of Ethnography, House of Ivan Vasov. (Formerly also: Kom Peak)
  35. Pazardzhik — Church of Virgin Mary, House of Stanislav Dospevski, Regional Museum of History
  36. PanagyurishteOborishte locality, House of Rayna Knyaginya
  37. PeshteraSnezhanka Cave, Peristera Fortress
  38. Batak — Museum of History
  39. Tran — the Gorge on the Jerma River
    39a. Pernik (added in the 2010s) – Underground mining museum
  40. PlevenSt George the Conqueror Chapel Mausoleum, Pleven Panorama, Regional Museum of History
  41. Plovdiv — Roman theatre, Ethnography Museum, Museum of History. (Formerly also: Old Plovdiv architectural reserve, St. Konstantin and Elena Church)
  42. Perushtitsa — Museum of History
  43. Sopot — the Nunnery, House of Ivan Vazov
  44. KarlovoVasil Levski National Museum, Museum of History
  45. KaloferHristo Botev National Museum
  46. Sandanski (added in the 2010s) – Episcopal Basilica, Archaeological Museum
    46a.The Botev Peak
  47. AsenovgradThe Bachkovo Monastery, Asenova krepost fortress, Museum of History
  48. RazgradAbrittus Archaeological reserve
  49. Isperih — Museum of History, Sboryanovo museum of history and archaeology, the Thracian town of Chelis and Demir Baba Tekke at Sveshtari village. (Formerly also: Thracian Tomb)
  50. Rousse — House of Zahari Stoyanov, Pantheon of National Revival Heroes
  51. Silistra — Museum of History, Medcidi Tabi fortress
  52. Srebarna Nature Reserve
  53. Tutrakan — Military Tomb Memorial Complex, Museum of Danube Fishing and Boat-Making.
  54. Sliven — House of Hadzhi Dimitar, National Textile Museum, Art Gallery
  55. Velingrad (added in the 2010s) – Museum of History. (The Sinite Kamani Natural park and Karandila Chalet previously occupied this position.)
  56. KotelGeorgi Sava Rakovski's Pantheon and the Museum of Famous People of the Bulgarian Revival Age, Natural History Museum
  57. Zheravna village — House of Yordan Yovkov. (Formerly also: Architecture and Ethnography Reserve)
  58. SofiaThe National Museum of History
    58a. Boyana Church National Museum
  59. SofiaAlexander Nevsky Cathedral
    59a. (added in the 2010s) National Museum of Military History
  60. Elena (added in the 2010s) – House of Hilarion of Makariopolis, Daskalolivnitsa historical complex. (The National Church Museum of History and Archaeology in Sofia previously occupied this position.)
  61. SofiaEarth and Man National Museum
    61a. National Palace of Culture
  62. SofiaNational Gallery for Foreign Art, maintained by the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
    62a. National Art Gallery
  63. Etropole — Museum of History, Clocktower, Monastery of the Holy Trinity
  64. Krestevic, Sredna Gora (added in the 2010s) — Buntovna Commemorative Tourist Complex
  65. Sofia — National Museum of Natural History maintained by the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
  66. Sofia — Museum of the History of Sport located inside the Vasil Levski National Stadium
    66a. Sofia Zoo
    66b. (added in the 2010s) National Anthropological Museum maintained by the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
  67. Starosel village — Thracian tomb
    67a. Hisarya — Archaeological Museum
  68. Sofia — Institute of Archaeology and Museum maintained by the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
    68a. (added in the 2010s) National Polytechnical Museum
  69. Chiprovtsi (added in the 2010s) – Museum of History, Chiprovtsi Monastery
  70. Bratsigovo — Town Museum of History
  71. Chirpan — House Museum of Peyo Yavorov, Nikola Manev Art Gallery, St. Athanasius monastery in Zlatna Livada village. (The St. Sophia Temple formerly occupied this position.)
  72. Haskovo (added in the 2010s) – Virgin Mary monument, Aleksandrovo tomb and museum centre. (The Sofia Synagogue occupied this position prior to 2007.)
    72a. (added in the 2010s) Mezek – Medieval fortress, Thracian domed tomb.
    72b. (added in the 2010s) IvaylovgradVilla Armira, Municipal historical museum.
  73. Dimitrovgrad — History Museum, the House of Penyo Penev, Giordano Bruno observatory
  74. Vitosha (added in the 2010s) — Aleko Chalet.
    74a. Cherni Vrah
  75. Koprivshtitsa — Archaeology and History Reserve
  76. Nova Zagora (added in the 2010s) – Karanova Mogila museum. (Bogdan Peak at Sredna Gora formerly occupied this position.)
  77. Klisura — Museum of History
  78. Osenovlag village — Seven Altars Monastery
  79. Samokov — Museum of History, the Nunnery.
    79a. Belchin village (added in the 2010s) – Tsar Mali Town.
  80. RilaMusala Peak
  81. Botevgrad — the Clocktower. (Slivnitsa town cemetery occupied this position prior to 2005.)
  82. Skravena village — monument at St. Nikolai Monastery to the members of Hristo Botev's detachment
  83. Smolyan — Museum of History. (Uhlovitsa Cave formerly occupied this position.)
    83a. Smolyan Planetarium
    83b. Momchilovtsi village
  84. PamporovoUhlovitsa Cave, Snezhanka Peak
  85. Rhodope Mountains – Golyam Perelik Peak, The Wonderful Bridges
  86. Zlatograd — Ethnography Complex
  87. Rhodope MountainsShiroka Laka village archaeological reserve
    87a. Madan, Smolyan Province – Rhodope Crystal Hall, Sharenka Cave
  88. Rhodope MountainsTrigrad Gorge. (Formerly also: the Devil's Throat Cave)
  89. Rhodope MountainsYagodinska cave, Buynovo gorge
  90. Stara Zagora – the Neolithic Houses Museum, the Stara Zagora Defenders Memorial Complex, Museum of History. (Formerly also: the Roman Forum of Augusta Traiana)
  91. KazanlakChudomir Art and Literature Museum, Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak
  92. Shipka townShipka Memorial Church
  93. Shipka PassShipka Memorial
  94. Shumen — Shumen Fortress Historical and Archaeological Reserve, Founders of Bulgaria Monument, Regional Museum of History
  95. ShumenTombul Mosque
  96. Pliska — Archaeological Reserve Pliska, Great Basilica, Pliska
  97. MadaraMadara Rider
  98. Veliki Preslav – National Historical and Archaeological Reserve
  99. Yambol — the ancient town of Kabile,

Museum of History

  1. Elhovo — Museum of Ethnography

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