Trapezitsa (fortress)

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Trapezitsa (Bulgarian: Трапезица) is a medieval stronghold located on a hill with the same name in Veliko Tarnovo in northern Bulgaria.

The hill Trapezitsa


During the Second Bulgarian Empire the first castle of Asen dynasty was built on the hill.[1] In the next years on the hill were populated with Boyars and orthodox clerics. The Monastery of St Ivan Rilski (John of Rila) was located in this fortress.[2] The relics of the Saint were kept there to 1495.[3]

Trapezitsa Hill,Churches Ruins,Veliko Tarnovo


Since the 1970s the Bulgarian government make plans for the restoration of the historical hill. In 2009 were restored the south watchtower.[4]


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  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-08-22. Retrieved 2016-08-21.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  4. ^ "Трапезица - сектор север". Retrieved 2016-12-01.

Coordinates: 43°05′05″N 25°38′46″E / 43.0847°N 25.6460°E / 43.0847; 25.6460