Bulgaria-part of the world’s natural, cultural and unmaterial heritage


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Today I’m writeing one more post in my series about Bulgaria. We’ll be talking a little bit more about the heritage that Bulgaria left to world’s history, nature and culture. I’ll be giving you more information about all the sites that are in the UNESCO world heritage list. I decided to do this post because I’m sure that no one will take thir time to reseasrch this topic and it is a needed one to know and explore Bulgaria. So, I decided to just reseasrch myself and put the whole information in a blog post. Hope you like it!

In Bulgaria there are 10 material and few other immaterial sites that are entered in this list in the period between 1979 to 2017.  From those 10 material sites 7 are cultural and 3 are natural sites. Also, there are fourteen additional sites, added to the Tentative List.

photo: Wikipedia

As you see in Bulgaria there are a lot of sites that are world heratiges. Now, let’s see more about them and the history behind. Also I’ll tell you something about some of the sites that are in the Tentative List. We’re starting out with the cultural heritage  of Bulgaria. As I said, there are 7 cultural places entered in the list and few in the Tentative.

The sites in the official list:

  • Boyana Church (1979)


The church was the first Bulgarian site to be added in the list. It is located in the Boyana quarter in Sofia. It is a medieval church with beautiful pictures of 89 scenes and 240 human images. The images consist portraits of different saints, different religious scenes, picturers of queens, kings and other images. It was build in several stages and finished in 19th century. It isn’t sure when exactly was started but it is estimated around 10th or 11th centuries.

  • Madara Rider


This is a picture of a triumphant ruler on a horse, carved in the rock (a bas relief). This rock relief is considered the symbol of the First Bulgarian Kingdom. It’s located in today’s village of Madara. It is the only bas relief from the early Middle ages in Europe.

  • Rock-Hewn Churches of Ivanovo village

This is a monastery including lots of churches on different heights, carved in the rock. The complex is located near the town of Russe. In difference with others complexes like this in Bulgaria, the frescos and pictures drawn on the walls of the churches, are very well preserved. All the churches form a monastery called “St. Archangel Michael”. Here are located the world famous frescos.

photo source: Google
  • Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak

This thracian tomb is located in the town of Kazanlak, close to the ancient capitol of the Odrysian kingdom. It is part of one big necropolis. It is dated at the end of the 4th century BC. It is famous with it’s beautiful frescos on the top of the tomb. Since it was a tomb of a Thracian ruler, there were lots of artifacts, which are now part of exhibition in the museum.


  • Ancient City of Nessebar
photo source: Google
  • Rila Monastery

The monastery is located in Southwest Bulgaria, close to the city of Kyustendil. It was established in 10th century. It’s one of Bulgaria’s most signifficant world heritages. Since its establishing the monastery turns into a literatral and cultural center. The beautiful architecture, picturesque place and the frescos are well known around the world.


  • Thracian Tomb of Sveshtari
photo source: Google

The tomb is located in Southeast Bulgaria, close to the city of Razgrad. This is a thracian tomb that has been dated at around 3 centuries BC.

The sites in the Tentative List:

  • Ancient town of Nicopolis and Istrum
  • Bachkovo Monastery
  • Late Ancient Tomb of Silistra
  • The Rozhen Monastery and the town of Melnik
  • The ancient Plovdiv
  • Tomb of Aleksandrovo
  • Bishop’s basillica of Phillippopolis (Great Basilica, Plovdiv)

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So, this was for today’s post. Hope you liked it and found it interesting. If you’re reading my blog, thank you, hope you like my content. Have a great day!




22 thoughts on “Bulgaria-part of the world’s natural, cultural and unmaterial heritage

  1. I love reading articles like this about the history and culture of your country, the pictures are awesome, makes me wonder about the people who created the art, what was their life like and how did they learn how to create something so beautiful. Thanks for sharing all this great information about your country.
    Have a super wonderful day Annie.

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  2. Churches and Tombs, it seems that these are some of the worlds greatest historical sites. Bulgaria is not a place that we thought would be on our radar, however, this post has peeked our interest.

    Thank you for sharing.

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  3. Another marvelous post of yours Annie. As a traveler and educator of history as well, it is indeed my pleasure to know the other information of the Bulgaria history. I love it knowledge flowing on my mind😉

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