Provadia

Provadia is a sleepy industrial town in the Varna province about 50 minutes bus or train ride from the sea. Squeezed in the narrow canyon between two plateaus it has been inhabited for 25 centuries, and the nearby salt mine is the oldest of its kind in Europe, dating back to 4700 BC. Provadia‚Äôs main attraction is the Ovech fortress founded by the Romans and greatly expanded by the Second Bulgarian Empire (XII–XIV centuries) on the high rock right above the city. Steep cliffs of the plateaus in the region gave home to many cave monasteries, man–made caves carved in stone of the seemingly inaccessible cliff walls. One of them, Shashkanite, is overlooking the city and now easily accessible by a little bit flimsy looking metal bridge.

Provadia city cross
Provadia city cross
Provadia city center as seen from the fortress
Provadia city center as seen from the fortress
Spiral stairs to the Western gate of the Ovech fortress
Spiral stairs to the Western gate of the Ovech fortress
Historical stairs to the Western gate
Historical stairs to the Western gate
Eastern entrance to the Ovech fortress from the side of the Dobrina village
Eastern entrance to the Ovech fortress from the side of the Dobrina village
Tourists on the wooden bridge connecting Tabiite plateau to the remains of the main gate of the Ovech fortress
Tourists on the wooden bridge connecting Tabiite plateau to the remains of the main gate of the Ovech fortress
Kaleto plateau as seen from the Tabiite
Kaleto plateau as seen from the Tabiite
A marathon runner on top of the Tabiite plateau
A marathon runner on top of the Tabiite plateau
A small tunnel under the Shashkanite cave monastery
A small tunnel under the Shashkanite cave monastery
Trail to the monastery
Trail to the monastery
A rather flimsy steel bridge to the cave monastery Shashkanite
A rather flimsy steel bridge to the cave monastery Shashkanite
In the cave monastery cell
In the cave monastery cell
In the residential district North
In the residential district North
Kamchiya street and Provadia river
Kamchiya street and Provadia river
Industrial zone
Industrial zone

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