Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Veliko Tarnovo: Tsarevets Fortress , Bulgaria

April 2014 , I received my first postcard from Bulgaria , it shows Veliko Turnovo Castle or Tsarevets Fortress features a sound and light show most evenings during the summer. Albeit that the exact details of when it actually takes place can be difficult to obtain it is well worth the trouble. Viewed from the entrance area the castle buildings and walls are bathed in colour and the changes are accompanied by music. The whole show lasts about 20 minutes and is mesmerising.

The Sound and Light (Звук и светлина, Zvuk i svetlina) audiovisual show is an attraction carried out in the evening that uses three lasers, variegated lights, dramatic music and church bells to tell the story of the fall of Tarnovo to the Ottomans, as well as other key moments of the history of Bulgaria. The large-scale show has been organized at Tsarevets since 1985, when the 800-year anniversary of the Uprising of Asen and Peter was celebrated. It was designed and planned by a Bulgarian-Czechoslovak team led by Valo Radev and Jaromir Hnik.

Changing of the Guard. A 15 minute ceremonial procession begun 15 April 2011 at 19:30, to be performed each weekend throughout the summer


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