Cherven

 

At Cherven, a 40 minute drive from Wild Thyme, has the perfect combination of a beautiful scenic location and mind-blowing ruins.  

The remains of this medieval town are laid out for visitors on a dramatic plateau overlooking the modern village, the river Lom and the Rusenski Lom National Park. The preservation of buildings is so good because the site was 

A day trip from Wild Thymeabandoned soon after it was taken by the Ottoman armies in the 14th century. It is easy to imagine yourself walking along the winding lanes in a bustling town 800 years ago.

The defences to the town were strong with two massive gates and defensive towers which are still standing. One of these was used as a model for the reconstruction of a medieval tower in Veliko Tarnovo. In the centre of the plateau are the ruins of the citadel where the town authorities lived and here there is also a large Byzantine style church. The town was geared up to survive a siege and even had a covered stone passage that led downhill to the river where the inhabitants could safely draw water without being seen by besieging armies.