Veliko Tarnovo - Boruna Area

The Sites 

Monument to Assens

The most notable monument in Veliko Tarnovo is the Monument to Assens, which is better known under its name "horsemen" as it presents four horsemen - each facing a different direction with a sword pointing to heaven in the middle. The monument is located in the Boruna area on the meander of the Yantra River, at the foot of Sveta Gora, and can be reached via the Stambolov Bridge. It was built in 1985 in honor of the 800th anniversary of the uprising of Assen and Peter. It depicts four of the greatest kings of Bulgaria - Assen, Peter, Kaloyan and Ivan Assen II. The sword raised in the middle of the monument symbolizes the power and rise of Medieval Bulgaria. Assen and Peter lived and worked towards the liberation of Bulgaria, and their brother Kaloyan helped to establish Bulgaria as a strong Eastern European Country. Tsar Ivan Assen II, the successor of Ivan Assen I, played likewise an important role in the history of Bulgaria as the country experienced its second historical peak under his reign. 

Boris Denev Art Gallery

The Art Gallery "Boris Denev" is as well located on the Boruna peninsula just opposite of the Monument to Assens. The gallery was initially built in 1928 with the purpose of holding an art school. However, throughout time, the building also belonged to the Veterinary and Epidemiological Institute as well as to the military. In the 1980s it was then decided to turn the building into an art gallery hosting the permanent exhibition "Veliko Tarnovo in the Eyes of Bulgarian Artists". The building was therefore renovated and lined with freestone supplied from the Rhodopes. The first exhibition opened on November 16, 1985 when over 200 works of famous Bulgarian artists were presented. In 2003, the artist Boris Denev, particularly famous for its Bulgarian art, was selected as a patron for the gallery. The gallery currently exhibits over 5,000 art pieces which are located on an area of ​​850 square meters and can be divided into paintings, prints and sculptures.

The Region 

Tarnovo, once the medieval capital of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom Tarnovo, was named Veliko Tarnovo in 1965, and is a cultural city in the East of Bulgaria that offers many attractions and places representing the history of the country.

The city is built on three hills - Tsarevets, Trapezitsa and Sveta Gora. At the foot of Tsarevets, Assen’s residential quarter, with the churches “St. Demetrius of Thesaloniki” and "Sts. 40 Martyrs" is located. Along Gurko street in the old town, on which General J. Gurko himself passed away when he and his army liberated the city in July 1977 from the Ottomans, many old houses, several museums, old fountains and churches are situated. The street leads to the Renaissance Museum, a former Ottoman residence which dates back to before the Liberation. The next arrow street takes one in front of the Cathedral, from where Tsarevets hill and the fortress can be seen. 

Monument to Assens
Boris Denev Art Gallery