Monday, August 08, 2011

A walk back in time

My attempts to get to know my country Bulgaria and its history better led me to a beautiful stronghold just a few kilometers away from my hometown.
The remains of medieval Cherven date back to the XIV century, when the town grew to become a centre of craftsmanship and a key centre to trade and culture. Cherven (which in Bulgarian means "red") had a fortified inner city on rock ground in one of the near river's bends and an outer city on the hills that surround the area.
The town is now a national archaeological reserve with remains of 13 churches, tall defensive walls, a well-preserved keep from the XIV century (photo #4), residential buildings and workshops.
Breathing the air of this place, touching the solid rock walls my predecessors had built to defend the town and walking on the same paths they used to walk made me realize that history isn't that far away after all. I felt, for a moment, like I was a part of it.



  1. such a pretty place.. i would soo love to visit there!


  2. that is just... breathtaking. I want to be there and come up with lots of fun, imaginary stories!!!

    Belly B :)

  3. Beautiful photography Lily!!! I love learning about ancient history also and especially the Renaissance time period. Castles and fortresses are so entirely captivating to me.
    Thank you for sharing.

  4. wow what beautiful pictures! they are so magical and you can even feel what it might have been like back so many hundreds of years ago. so magical!

  5. Breathtaking photos. History is so fantastic to study.

    ♥ sécia

  6. It looks like such a peaceful place. :3

  7. Wow, so much history! Australia feels like such a young country compared to Europe. These photos are lovely too ♥

  8. beautiful photos!
    I'm glad you're seeing so many wonderful stuff.

    on my blog I posted many great pics from around Belgrade, check them out, let me know what u think.

  9. Beautiful photography! The wagon is amazing, I honestly would have never guessed this to be Australia, so beautiful.

  10. Your country looks beautiful! Thanks for visiting my blog and for the lovely words! Can't wait to read more here at your blog!


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