After the Liberation of Bulgaria from Ottoman rule in 1878 Veliko Tarnovo was the temporary capital of the country. In 1879 the first Constituent Assembly was convened in the city, at which the so-called. Turnovo Constitution.
The First Grand National Assembly, which elects Prince Alexander I Batenberg (1857 – 1893), is here to convene the European political ideas – liberalism, conservatism, social democracy; the independence of the Principality of Bulgaria (1908) was declared here.
In terms of architecture, the look of the old part of the city brings visitors back to the past. Walking along Gurko Street or Samovodska Charshia (Crafts Street), city guests have the opportunity to view buildings erected more than 200 years ago and experience a completely different atmosphere. The bazaar is a kind of ethnographic complex with craft workshops, souvenir shops and galleries.
One of the most picturesque streets of the Renaissance city, with many restored old houses from the 18th-19th centuries, located amphitheatrically overlooking the Yantra River. Gurko Street is the epitome of romance and beauty – a unique and attractive street.
Upstairs – houses and roofs adapted to the steep terrain perched above each other, downstairs – Yantra, hovering below the height at which the city is situated. A unique view opens to the Asenevtsi Monument, the Grand Hotel Veliko Tarnovo, the beautiful curves of the river. swallows’ nests.
Varusha traditions of beauty and home comfort are preserved here as well. On the windows of the houses are neatly planted pots with fly, ivy, howling vines, planted on every span of vacant land. The street is decorated with fountains and lanterns that illuminate the houses, the people, the quiet and peaceful evenings. Here the tourist can enjoy cozy cafes and intimate restaurants, the gallery of Tarnovo artist Ivan Hristov, the ethnographic exposition at Sarafkina house.