Veliko Tarnovo (BG)

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Veliko Tarnovo (AKA Tirnovo, Bulgarian: Велико Търново) is a city located on the meandering Yantra river in north central Bulgaria. It is an administrative and cultural center of the Province of the same name. Being a historical capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire during the medieval ages, today Tarnovo is main Bulgarian tourist destination, known for its picturesque cityscape and many architectural sights including the stronghold of Tsarevets. Formerly known as Tarnovo, because of its historical importance, in the 60's its name was extended to Veliko Tarnovo (Great Tarnovo). City population 69,783 (2011).

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10 centimes, first post card of Principality of Bulgaria. Valid until May 1885 for domestic and foreign mail. Usually the departure postmark on this mail has the date set by Julian Calender (the Gregorian was officially adopted only on 31 March 1916). This card from Tirnovo to Stuttgart (Württemberg) has a datestamp of 26 April and because the delivery postmark of Stuttgart is dated 30/4 the date must be in Gregorian style (otherwise by Julian it was 14 April). This is confirmed by a back transit postmark of Roustchouk (Ruse) dated 15 April.
Stampset.png 1936 Tarnovo to Sofia
Stampset.png 1937 Tarnovo to Plovdiv
1960 Tarnovo to Lauchhammer, East Germany (DDR)
Stampset.png 1970 Veliko Tarnovo to Sofia