Veliko Tarnovo & Shipka

OSI-Bulgaria (Dupnitza)

22 July 2003

Veliko Tarnovo

From 1185-1393, The Citadel at Veliko Tarnovo was the capital of the Second Bulgarian Tsardom.  It is one of the most important historical sites in Bulgaria.  The city itself is very picturesque and pleasant, nestled on a river in the rugged foothills.

Shipka

Shipka Pass, a steep climb into the mountains from Veliko Tarnovo, is where, in August 1877, Russian and Bulgarian troops defeated the Turkish troops in the defining battle of Bulgaria's liberation from Turkish rule.  The monument itself is giant and impressive, with hundreds of granite steps leading up to it from the pass below.  The location is splendid, atop a barren mountain top, with fantastic views of the Valley of the Roses below.

Acknowledgements

The excursion to Veliko Tarnovo and Shipka was made possible by donations from Rob Wentink of the Netherlands and Betty Clark of the US, and by funding from each of the kids' individual sponsors.
Thanks also to Nicolai Pilev and Pavel Voinov for chaperoning!
Thanks to all of you for a wonderful, educational, and memorable day for the kids!
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