Veliki Preslav Tourist info and Hotels
Veliki Preslav (Great Preslav) is a small town in northeastern Bulgaria, situated on the banks of Kamchia River, on 22 km. from the city of Shumen. Once the town was a capital of the First Bulgarian Kingdom. The first settlement (fortress) dates back over 1 100 years under the reign of Knyaz Boris I (852 - 889). A bit later in 893 the town was declared a capital of the Bulgarian Empire, replacing Pliska as such with a new King - Simeon the Great.
Veliki Preslav Tourist Attractions and Places of Interest
Veliki Preslav National Historical - Architectural Reserve
The National Historical - Architectural Reserve in the town is one of the 100 Tourist Sites of the country and was declared as a reserve in 1958. Veliki Preslav is dotted with the remains of numerous churches, monasteries, workshops, studios, the Big and the Western palaces, representing the rich cultural heritage and prosperity. Smaller valuable items are preserved in the Archaeological Museum in the town. Located south of the contemporary Preslav, the reserve itself occupies a territory of 500 hectares, but there are many other spots if interest around outside it.
Veliki Preslav Archaeological Museum
The Archaeological Museum Veliki Preslav, in the town with same name is maybe one of the most interesting in Bulgaria in regard of ancient culture and heritage. The idea for a museum to preserve the rich findings in the area exists since the liberation from the Turkish yoke, but the museum was established way later in 1949 when a structure that was planned to become a monastery was transformed and turned officially into museum. However, smaller displays are present here almost for a century, although the building was not yet announced as a museum.
There are fantastic collections of various artifacts from different periods since the Second Bulgarian Capital was moved to Veliki Preslav in 893 with King Simeon the Great.
The Round Church (the Golden / the Church of Saint John) in Veliki Preslav
The Round Church in the Second Bulgarian Capital of Veliki Preslav (also known as the Golden or the Church of Saint John) dates back to the early X century and is one of the major attractions in the National Historical-Architectural Reserve in the town.
It is 38,5 metres long and is erected from rectangular limestone blocks. Scientists are still not sure if this was intended to be a church, part of a monastery or a separate cathedral; in either case it is not less majestic and impressive. The Golden Church has three sections, leading one into other - Atrium (the outer area), Narthex (an entrance, lobby) and Rotunda (the inner eastern part where the liturgy was held).