During the Second Bulgarian Kingdom, almost all of the cultural and spiritual life of the Tarnovo throne was centered on the Holy Mountain Hill. One of the largest cultural and cultural centers of the Balkan Peninsula was active here during this era.
It is no accident that its name is the same as the famous peninsula in Greece (Mount Athos). Many of the well-known manuscripts of the Tarnovo Literary School are written in the literary schools located on the hill. Many churches and monasteries were built there, the largest of which was called the Holy Virgin Odigitria, destroyed during the Ottoman rule and after that it was not rebuilt. Today the hill attracts view with its beautiful greenery and with the building of Veliko Tarnovo University “St. Cyril and Methodius”. The monument of Patriarch Evtimii, the founder of the Turnovo Literary School and the spiritual leader of the Bulgarian people in the fight against the Turkish conqueror, is also erected in front of the university.
Interestingly, this hill is much less explored than its neighboring Tsarevets and Trapezitsa. There are plans to explore and restore some of the hill’s buildings, as well as to start archaeological excavations there, but so far nothing has been done.
The hill overlooks the entire city. The place is suitable for sports, picnicking or relaxing nature walks.