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Arbanassi

The village of Arbanassi lies 3km to the northeast of the former capital of Bulgaria, Veliko Turnovo, perching on a high plateau overseeing the Trapezitsa and Tsarevets hills.

The settlement saw its bloom in the 17-18th c. when it grew into a wealthy crafts and trade hub. It was during that period that most of its gorgeous houses were erected. The oldest houses of Arbanassi are made entirely of stone and resemble tiny models of fortresses that cannot be seen anywhere else in Bulgaria.

These houses have internal staircases and small windows with metal bars, which strengthen the impression of fortress-like constructions. In 1921, the village was declared a holiday complex via a royal decree, while since 2000, it has been recognised as

a historical village of national importance.

The architectural museum that the entire Arbanassi represents has 144 renovated houses, 5 churches with rich internal decoration and 2 monasteries. Apart from the abundance of tourist sights, the village also offers plenty of hotels and nice restaurants to its visitors.

Nowadays the village lives a new life as an architectural-artistic reserve. Its unique cultural-historic heritage and its immediate vicinity to Veliko Tarnovo make it an attractive place for the visitors. The ancient atmosphere of Arbanassi is in harmony with the modern tourist services it offers. The village of Arbanassi (population of 310 residents) is one of the most picturesque old villages in the country.

Arbanassi has been declared as architectural reserve and has been included in the UNESCO list for world cultural heritage.

arbanassi history

The village has 5 churches and 2 monasteries built at the end of the 16th century and in the beginning of the 17th. The Nativity Church is the oldest and the most picturesque among them. The biggest church is St. Archangels Michael and Gabriel's church and the smallest one is St. Atanas' church built in 1637. St. George's church and St. Dimiter's date respectively from 1661 and 1612.

The two active monasteries are situated right next to the village, these are  Holy Virgin's monastery and St Nikolas' monastery.

Out of the preserved houses, two are of interest - the Konstantzaliev's house and the Hadjiilyiev's house.

Map of Arbanassi

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