Another wide-ranging day, with lots of driving around the country. Click photos to enlarge them.
The first site was the Madara Horse Rider Rock-Cut Relief, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can't tell from the photo, but this bas relief is roughly life size, and is about 90 feet up on the cliff face.
Other things about the site were nearly as striking, includidng the 220 stairs up to the base of the cliff,
the dramatic forest through which the stairs ascend,
the beautiful stone wall at the base of the stairs,
and some of the most luxuriant roses we've ever seen.
Next we went to the Tombul Mosque in the town of Shumen, the largest mosque in Bulgaria. It was under renovation, but the interior and some of the details were impressive.
Finally, we went to the Royal Tomb of Sveshtari, dating from the 4th-3rd centuries BCE, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. It's a unique example of Thracian art and architecture.