List of World Heritage Sites in Bulgaria

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There are ten UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Bulgaria. The first four properties were inscribed in the World Heritage List in 1979, and the last in 2017.

Bulgaria currently has fourteen additional properties on the Tentative List.[1]

World Heritage Sites[edit]

UNESCO lists sites under ten criteria; each entry must meet at least one of the criteria. Criteria i through vi are cultural, whereas vii through x are natural.[2]

  * Transnational site
Site Image Location Year listed UNESCO data Description
Boyana Church Boyana Church Mural Paintings.jpg Boyana quarter of Sofia
42°39′0″N 23°16′0″E / 42.65000°N 23.26667°E / 42.65000; 23.26667 (Boyana Church)
1979 42 A medieval Bulgarian Orthodox church
Madara Rider Caballero de Madara, reserva histórico-arqueológica Nacional de Madara, Bulgaria, 2016-05-27, DD 39.jpg East of Shumen in northeastern Bulgaria, near the village of Madara
43°18′0″N 27°9′0″E / 43.30000°N 27.15000°E / 43.30000; 27.15000 (Madara Rider)
1979 43 An early medieval large rock relief carved on the Madara Plateau
Rock-Hewn Churches of Ivanovo Ivanovski skalni tsarkvi 20110714-42.JPG Village of Ivanovo, south of Ruse on the Danube.
43°43′0″N 25°58′0″E / 43.71667°N 25.96667°E / 43.71667; 25.96667 (Rock-Hewn Churches of Ivanovo)
1979 45 Monolithic churches, chapels and monasteries hewn out of solid rock
Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak Kazanluk 1.jpg Near the town of Kazanlak, central Bulgaria
42°37′0″N 25°24′0″E / 42.61667°N 25.40000°E / 42.61667; 25.40000 (Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak)
1979 44 Ancient tomb, part of a large Thracian necropolis
Ancient City of Nessebar Bulgaria-Nesebar-04.JPG The old part of Nessebar, on the Black Sea, just north of Burgas
42°39′22″N 27°43′48″E / 42.65611°N 27.73000°E / 42.65611; 27.73000 (Ancient City of Nessebar)
1983 217 Ancient part of town, situated on a peninsula (previously an island).
Rila Monastery Rila Monastery, August 2013.jpg Northwestern Rila Mountains, south of Sofia, in Rila Monastery Nature Park
42°7′0″N 23°24′0″E / 42.11667°N 23.40000°E / 42.11667; 23.40000 (Rila Monastery)
1983 216 Medieval monastery, one of the region's most significant cultural, historical and architectural monuments
Pirin National Park Pirin - edno or Gergiyskite ezera - IMG 2935.jpg Pirin Mountains in the southwest of Bulgaria
41°40′0″N 23°30′0″E / 41.66667°N 23.50000°E / 41.66667; 23.50000 (Pirin National Park)
1983 225 Natural reserve
Srebarna Nature Reserve Кадър от Сребърна - 3.jpg Just south of the Danube river, Southern Dobruja in northeast Bulgaria
44°6′51.98″N 27°4′41.02″E / 44.1144389°N 27.0780611°E / 44.1144389; 27.0780611 (Srebarna Nature Reserve)
1983 219 A nature reserve and lake on the Via Pontica bird migration route
Thracian Tomb of Sveshtari Tomb sveshtari2-1-.jpg Village of Sveshtari, near Razgrad in northeast Bulgaria
43°40′0.01″N 26°40′0.01″E / 43.6666694°N 26.6666694°E / 43.6666694; 26.6666694 (Thracian Tomb of Sveshtari)
1985 359 A Thracian tomb dating back to 3rd century BC
Primeval Beech Forests of the Central Balkans Букова гора край х. Рай.jpg 42°44′58″N 24°40′19.42″E / 42.74944°N 24.6720611°E / 42.74944; 24.6720611 (Central Balkans Natural Park) 2017 1133

Tentative List[edit]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "UNESCO World Heritage Centre – Tentative List: Bulgaria". UNESCO World Heritage Centre. Archived from the original on 23 June 2009. Retrieved 27 March 2009.
  2. ^ "UNESCO World Heritage Centre – The Criteria for Selection". UNESCO World Heritage Centre. Archived from the original on 12 June 2016. Retrieved 17 August 2018.