Shumen attractions

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Founders of the Bulgarian State Monument

Visible within a 30km radius, this tremendous Soviet-era monument was opened in 1981 to commemorate the First Bulgarian Empire’s 1300th anniversary. Enormous futurist sculptures depict Bulgaria's medieval rulers, an…
Museum in Shumen

Regional Museum of History

This brick museum on the main road exhibits Thracian and Roman artefacts from Madara, Veliki Preslav and Pliska, along with ancient clay-pot burials and a re-creation of the Tomb of Smyadovo, a significant 4th-centu…
Fortress in Shumen

Shumen Fortress

Standing proudly over Shumen at a height of 455m, this 3000-year-old fortress dates back to the Iron Age. Thracian, Roman and Byzantine fortifications followed, and its strategic significance heightened during the S…
Mosque in Shumen

Tombul Mosque

Shumen’s Tombul Mosque was built in 1744 in a fusion of oriental and French baroque styles. At 1730 sq metres, it's the largest mosque still in use in Bulgaria. The 40m-high minaret has 99 stone steps and local beli…
Park in Shumen

Kyoshkovete Park

This romantic park on Shumen’s western edge has walking trails in the shade of sycamore and maple trees. You’ll see and hear the humming of the city’s most famous product being made at the nearby Shumensko Brewery.
Museum in Shumen

Museum Complex of Pancho Vladigerov

One of several National Revival and early 20th-century baroque houses dotted along ul Tsar Osvoboditel's cobblestoned western section, this house-museum commemorates Bulgaria’s most renowned composer and pianist.
Ruins in Shumen


Around 200m northeast of Shumen's mosque sulk the remains of a late-16th-century Turkish covered market.
Monument in Shumen

Partisan's Monument

A striking Soviet-era statue opposite the Vasil Drumev Theatre.