Veliko Târnovo Archaeological Museum

Veliko Târnovo

Housed in a grand old building with a courtyard full of Roman sculptures, the museum contains Roman artefacts and medieval Bulgarian exhibits, including a huge mural of the tsars, plus some ancient gold from nearby Neolithic settlements.

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