In the ninth century AD, the capital was Veliki Preslav. The remains of this rich and powerful early medieval town are laid out for visitors in a reserve. Veliki Preslav was not only the home of the Bulgarian Tsars but it also became a centre of cultural arts. These included literature, sculpture, painted ceramics and glass, including the icon of Saint Theodore Stratelates produced at the nearby monastery of Saint Pantaleimon.
A highlight is the tenth century Golden Church which had lavish architectural decoration including marble columns and pulpit. The on-site museum houses all kinds of objects recovered from excavations including the lead seals of Bulgarian and Byzantine officials.
A trip to Veliki Preslav can be combined with a visit to the nineteenth century Revival period houses and ethnographic museum in Targovishte.