Shumen

Shumen 

Shumen

  • Tomboul Mosque
  • Revival period houses
  • Shumen Museum
  • Medieval fortress
  • Monument to the founders of the Bulgarian State

Shumen was a fortified town during the middle ages.  During Ottoman rule it housed a cosmopolitan community of traders including Armenians, Jews and Turks, as well as merchants from Dobrovnik.  After 1848, there was a sizeable community of Hungarians here and the Turkish community remains very strong to this day.

Shumen is also home to the Tomboul Mosque which has recently been restored and is the largest and most beautifully decorated in Bulgaria. 

Elsewhere in the town, there are revival period houses and museums, one with a fine display of Thracian weaponry.

On the hill above the town is the huge Communist era monument to the founders of the Bulgarian state, built for the 1300th anniversary in 1981.  The sheer scale of the monument is awe inspiring.

Nearby are the well preserved remains of the medieval fortress.