Boyana (Bulgaria)

Boyana (Bulgarian: Бояна) is a neighbourhood of the Bulgarian capital of Sofia, part of Vitosha municipality and situated 8 km south of the city centre, in the outskirts of Vitosha. Boyana is typically regarded as one of the best and most expensive neighborhoods of Sofia to live in. The residents are primary wealty business people, government officials and other important members of the Bulgarian social and political life. Formerly a village, it was incorporated into Sofia in 1961.

In connection to the uprising of Peter Delyan of 1040 and the Pecheneg invasion of 1048, an important stronghold under the name of Boyan(Боян, Βοιάνος) is mentioned in the area, where a garrison led by a voivod called Botko was disposed.

The famous Boyana Church, part of the UNESCO World Heritage List, is located in the neighborhood. Other landmarks include the Boyana Waterfall, the Kopitoto area and the National Historical Museum in the former Boyana Residence. The Boyana Film film centre and the Big Brother Bulgaria house are also part of Boyana.

Boyana’s name was first mentioned in the 11th-century Vision of Daniel in the excerpt РЄЧЄТЬ ОУ БОІАНѢ ѠСТАВИТЄ ТОУ ПЛѢНЬ. The name is most likely derived from the personal name Boyan. An etymology from Vulgar Latin or Balkan Latin *boiana („herdsman’s [river]), from Latinboviana („herdsman’s”) is considered less likely.

Other landmarks include the Boyana Waterfall, the Kopitoto area and the National Historical Museum in the former Boyana Residence. The Boyana Film film centre and the Big Brother Bulgaria house are also part of Boyana.

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Veliko Tarnovo (Bulgaria)

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Veliko Tarnovo (Bulgarian: Велико Търново, sometimes transliterated as Veliko Turnovo) is a city in north central Bulgaria and the administrative centre of Veliko Tarnovo Province.

Often referred to as the „City of the Tsars„, Veliko Turnovo is located on the Yantra River.

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The map of the mediaeval stronghold from Tarnovo (Tsarevets - Bulgarian: Царевец)

The map of the mediaeval stronghold from Tarnovo (Tsarevets - Bulgarian: Царевец)

The entrance to Tsarevets

The entrance to Tsarevets

Yantra river (Янтра)

Yantra river (Янтра)

The mist over the hills

The mist over the hills

The entrance to the stronghold

The entrance to the stronghold

The road to the city

The road to the city

A nice place where you can stop your jurney to the top of the hill

A nice place where you can stop your jurney to the top of the hill

Bulgarian flag

Bulgarian flag

Inside of Patriarchate Church

Inside of Patriarchate Church

Fresco inside of church, on the top of the hill,in stronghold

Fresco inside of church,on the top of the hill,in stronghold

Other painting

Other painting

Candelabrum

Candelabrum

Other paintings

Other paintings

"The mercy's box" :) You can see some Leva and Romanian Lei

"The mercy's box" 🙂 You can see some Leva and Romanian Lei 😀 (The place is visit by thousands of Romanians because the Asen dinasty was vlach/romanian)

A beautiful view from the top of the hill

A beautiful view from the top of the hill

The same panorama

The same panorama

A misty panorama over the hills and Yantra river

A misty panorama over the hills and Yantra river

The grave of the vlach emperor Kaloyan the Romanslayer aka "Ioannitsa" (1197–1207)

The grave of the vlach emperor Kaloyan the Romanslayer aka "Ioannitsa" (1197–1207)

The SS. Forty Martyrs Church (Bulgarian: църква "Св. Четиридесет мъченици", tsarkva "Sv. Chetirideset machenitsi") is a medieval Eastern Orthodox church constructed in 1230 in the town of Veliko Tarnovo

The SS. Forty Martyrs Church (Bulgarian: църква "Св. Четиридесет мъченици", tsarkva "Sv. Chetirideset machenitsi") is a medieval Eastern Orthodox church constructed in 1230 in the town of Veliko Tarnovo

Communist blocks from the time of Todor Zhivkov

Communist blocks from the time of Todor Zhivkov