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Bulgaria is a country in eastern Europe that is bordered by the countries of Greece, Turkey, Romania, Serbia and the Republic of Macedonia. On the eastern edge of the country sits the Black Sea. Bulgaria's official name is the Republic of Bulgaria. The official language is Bulgarian. However, Russian and French are widely spoken in many spots of the country as well. The official currency is the Bulgarian LEV.

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Sofia, Bulgaria
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Its capital city is Sofia, which was largely rebuilt after World War II. This city packs a lot of variety into it including a yellow brick road--the boulevards in its city center are paved with Viennese yellow cobblestones. The city includes the St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, a prime tourist attraction and one of the world's largest Eastern Orthodox cathedrals.

South of Sofia, you will find the regal Rila Mountains where hiking opportunities include a two-day trek across the mountains to reach the Rila monastery. The monastery dates back to 927 and has been moved approximately two miles from its original location.

Tsarevets Fortress
Fortress at Tsarevets Hills Near Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria
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Tsarevets Fortress, a citadel resting atop a hill, houses the ruins of more than 400 houses and 18 churches. The fortress is an interesting site to explore with an execution rock, triangular walls, and watchtower. Shipka Pass is the location where an important battle between the Russians and Turks took place. Today, it is home to a six story Freedom Monument and magnificent views of the Valley of the Roses.

The Madara National Historical and Archaeological Reserve is open most days. It displays amazing exhibits and includes an open air cave, rock chapel, and a fort with panoramic views of the countryside.

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