Bulgaria

Srebarna Nature Reserve (1983)

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Thanks to Lilia from Bulgaria

The Srebarna Nature Reserve is a nature reserve in northeastern Bulgaria (Southern Dobruja), near the village of the same name, 18 km west of Silistra and 2 km south of the Danube. It comprises Lake Srebarna and its surroundings and is located on the Via Pontica, a bird migration route between Europe and Africa.

The reserve embraces 6 km² of protected area and a buffer zone of 5.4 km². The lake’s depth varies from 1 to 3 m. There is a museum constructed, where a collection of stuffed species typical for the reserve is arranged.

The area was proclaimed a nature reserve in 1948 and is a Ramsar site since 1975. The reserve was recognized as World Natural Heritage Site under the 1972 Convention for the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage and included in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1983.

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Rila Monastery (1983)

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Thanks to Irina from Bulgaria 

The Monastery of Saint Ivan of Rila, better known as the Rila Monastery  is the largest and most famous Eastern Orthodox monastery in Bulgaria. It is situated in the southwestern Rila Mountains.

Founded in the 10th century, the Rila Monastery is regarded as one of Bulgaria‘s most important cultural, historical and architectural monuments and is a key tourist attraction for both Bulgaria and Southern Europe.

The monastery complex, regarded as one of the foremost masterpieces of Bulgarian National Revival architecture, was declared a national historical monument in 1976 and became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983. Since 1991 it has been entirely subordinate to the Holy Synod of theBulgarian Orthodox Church.

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