Mediaeval town of Cherven

Mediaeval town of Cherven was one of the most significant military and administrative, economic and cultural centres of the Second Bulgarian kingdom.

In the 14th century it flourished as a great craft centre with advanced iron processing, goldsmith, construction, art, household and other crafts. At that time the town's area was more than one square kilometre. Archaeological excavations have revealed a big feudal palace, fortress walls, two underground water-supplying passages, 13 churches, public and administrative buildings, houses, workshops and streets. Archaeological findings from Cherven are preserved in the National historical museum in Sofia and the Regional historical museum in Ruse. Among these stand out several large coin treasures, jewellery, epigraphic monuments, household items, craft tools, weapons, etc. In 1965 the sight was stated a national archaeological reserve.

The ruins of Bulgarian Mediaeval town of Cherven are located next to the village with the same name – Cherven, 34 km to the south of the city of Ruse. If you travel by car and come from the south, follow the road for Ruse until you reach the fork for Dve mogili town. Cross the main street and go on the north. In 10 km there is a turn on the right for Cherven village. Follow the main road in the village and it will take you to a parking lot at the foot of the fortress.

Places of interest nearby:
Rock-hewn churches of Ivanovo - 18 km
Orlova chuka cave - 17 km