Bulgaria has a remarkable cultural heritage that is conditioned by its rich history. There are 36 cultural reserves and 40,000 monuments of culture in Bulgaria.
There are numerous monuments from various historical eras: prehistoric finds, Thracian tombs, archaeological sites of the Hellenic era, Roman and Byzantine castles, historical monuments from the First and the Second Bulgarian Kingdom, from the National Revival Period, architectural ensembles as well as entire settlements that have preserved their authentic atmosphere and architecture.
The oldest gold in Europe was discovered in the necropolis of Varna and today it can be seen in the city’s Archaeological Museum. World-famous are the Valchitran gold treasure from the Bronze era, the Panagyurishte, the Vratsa, the Loukovit and the Letnitsa gold treasures dating about 4th century BC, as well as the Rogozen silver with gilding treasure.
There are towns and museum villages with authentic Bulgarian architecture from the time of the Bulgarian National Revival in many regions of the country. The best known of these are: the Old Plovdiv, Veliko Tarnovo, Koprivshtitsa, Tryavna, Arbanassi, Bozhentsi, Zheravna, Melnik, Bansko, Kovachevitsa, Nessebar, Sozopol, etc.