Attractions

Ruins in Shipka

Buzludzha Monument

The concrete UFO looming over Shipka Pass is central Bulgaria's most peculiar sight. This former assembly hall slid into disrepair after the fall of communism, but its space-age silhouette has turned it into an irre…
Church in Shipka

Nativity Memorial Church

A magenta-and-white ice-cream cone of a church glows above tumbledown Shipka village, its golden onion domes glittering from thick woodlands. Part of Shipka Monastery, the magnificent structure was built in 1902 as …
Tomb in Shipka

Ostrusha Tomb

Discovered in 1993, the sarcophagus within this whopping Thracian burial mound was carved from a single 60-tonne stone during the 4th century BC. The site continues to puzzle archaeologists – a horse's skeleton has …
Monument in Shipka

Freedom Monument

About 13km along a winding road north of Shipka village is the Shipka Pass. Almost 1000 steps lead to the top of Mt Stoletov (1326m), dominated by the impressive, 32m-high Freedom Monument. It was built in 1934 as a…
Tomb in Shipka

Shushmanets Tomb

This rounded burial mound was first excavated in 1996. The bare central chamber of the 4th-century-BC tomb has columns with Doric capitals; its 6m-by-4m corridor walls were built with crushed stone. It's just south …
Museum in Shipka

Shipka Museum

Within the mighty Freedom Monument, this small museum illustrates the hardships endured by soldiers during the Russo-Turkish War, defending Shipka Pass in brutal subzero conditions. English-language explanation is v…