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The discovery of Tsari Mali Grad (which translates into English as ‘Tsar’s Little Town’) was made in 2007 near the village of Belchin, which is known in Bulgaria for its many therapeutic mineral springs. Dating from Roman times, the Tsari Mali Grad complex had laid forgotten underneath a forested area until it gradually reemerged from the ground on St Spas Hill above the village, when its awesome size and historical significance was appreciated.

At the center of the 10-acre archaeological site lay a vast Roman fort dating back to the rule of Emperor Valens between 364 and 378 AD; it had six watchtowers and walls that were over 400 meters (1,312 feet) in length. Over time, the fort expanded into a fortified town occupied between the fourth and seventh centuries by Thracian, Roman and Byzantine communities; there is also evidence of Thracian shrines, early Christian sanctuaries and the remains of a 15th-century church dedicated to the Ascension of Mary, indicating that the area was of special religious importance. The fort and the church have been painstakingly rebuilt and were opened to visitors in 2013; they are surrounded by spectacular hilly countryside covered in walking trails and can be reached by funicular or 20-minute walk uphill from Belchin.

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Tue–Sun 9am–5pm
Selo Belchin, Samokov, Bulgaria, 2025
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Bulgaria Classical Round Tour

Bulgaria Classical Round Tour

This is a private guided round tour with which you will see the most important historical places in Bulgaria: the capital Sofia, Rila Monastery and Boyana Church - UNESCO heritage sites, Plovdiv - the oldest existing town in Europe, Kazanlak - the heart of the Rose Valley, Veliko Tarnovo - the medieval Bulgarian capital and Koprivshtitsa - the symbol of the Bulgarian National Revival Period.
  • 8 days
Price varies by group size
Price varies by group size

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What are Tsari Mali Grad hours of operation?
Tsari Mali Grad hours of operation: Tue–Sun 9am–5pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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