Pleven Sights and Landmarks Guide, Bulgaria
Bulgarian cities take pride in their history and cultural heritage. The city of Pleven is no different. Backing up its history and culture are the many tourist attractions in Pleven Sights, which present visitors a glimpse of the city’s past and traditions.
Pleven Sights – Cultural Landmarks
The city’s major attractions are its cultural sites built in memory of its history and way of life. These landmarks form the core of Pleven Sights.
St. George the Conqueror Chapel Mausoleum. This site was built from 1903 to 1907 and is the city’s chief landmark. The mausoleum’s style is Neo-Byzantine and was designed by P. Koychev. The plan was in honor of the Romanian and Russian soldiers who died fighting for Bulgaria’s freedom. These soldiers’ remains are conserved in the mausoleum. Its interior houses icons which were created by Bulgarian artists.
Pleven Panorama. This site is also built as a tribute to the Siege of Pleven and can be found in Skobelev Park. The Pleven Panorama is also called Pleven Epopee 1877. It was constructed under the collaboration of 13 Bulgarian and Russian artists. It was opened to the public in 1977 in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of Bulgarian Independence. Among the 200 monuments built by the people of Pleven in honor of the war, this panorama is one of the most visited.
Pleven Sights – Museums and Exhibits
If visitors want to know more about the city’s history and culture, they could visit various museums and exhibits located in Pleven. From these attractions, tourists are sure to benefit educationally and artistically.
Pleven Regional Historical Museum. One of the biggest museums in the country, the Pleven Regional Historical Museum was established in 1953. Its permanent exhibit includes around 5,000 pieces, which are housed in 24 hallways. These objects are under a few divisions such as nature, ethnography, archaeology, Ottoman occupation and National Revival in Bulgaria, and recent history. The museum also has the 25,000-coin collection, which is considered as the one of the wealthiest in the country.
Svetlin Rusive Donative Exhibition. This exposition is accommodated in the three-storey building, which used to operate as a public bath. The edifice opened as an exhibition in 1984. Most of the artworks displayed here were donated by Rusev including around 322 paintings and sculptures. All the art pieces housed in the exhibition are masterpieces created by Bulgarian artists.
Pleven Sights – Parks
Parks in Pleven provide a perfect backdrop for recreation and relaxation. People, whether residents or tourists, will find these places of leisure both calming and energetic.
Kaylaka. This park is located in a secluded region south of the city. Sheer cliffs can be found around the park. Here, visitors may engage in some rock climbing. If this activity is too extreme, they may ride boats or pedalos found in the park’s reservoirs and ponds. Children may have great time on the playgrounds and swimming pool.
Skobelev Park. This is both a museum and a park constructed from 1904 to 1907 on the area where the Siege of Pleven took place. The park is ideal for walks or strolls. While wandering in the park, people will be occupied with the many graves of the war casualties and Russian cannons from the battle.
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