Landmarks in Ruse, Bulgaria

Find out more about the major tourist sights and landmarks

One of the iconic landmarks is the Profit-Yielding Building. It was accomplished and officially opened in 1902 after four years of sustainable construction works.
The architecture of the building is an example of the Neo-Classical style. Its detail-oriented design turned it into a contemporary emulation of the modern European architectural trends at the time. The architectural plan of the building belongs to Peter Paul Brang, a Viennese architect famous for working in other European countries.
The Profit-Yielding Building draws its weird name from its initial purpose - to be a venue for artists and entrepreneurs and pass the collected revenue to the schools. According to the plan, it was intended to host shops, a theatrical salon, and a casino.
Nowadays, the building is included into the list of architectural historical monuments of national importance and is one of the biggest attractions for tourists in the city center. Today it hosts Sava Ognianov Drama Theater, so you can buy a ticker, check in at the place, and enjoy a play.
The Pantheon of National Revival is a crypt and a monument of national importance. It is located in the Park of National Revival and represents a vast square building with a gold-plated dome.
The Pantheon was built in 1987 to honor the centennial of the Bulgarian Liberation from the dominance of the Ottoman Empire. The monument was constructed over the old city graveyard. It keeps the remains of prominent Bulgarian revolutionaries who sacrificed their lives in the war for freedom.
In 2001 a museum exposition and a chapel became part of the Pantheon. You can plan a visit every day, including the weekend. The friendly guides will meet you once you step in to tell you more about the Bulgarian Revival and the pantheon.
St. Trinity Church is the oldest Orthodox Christian building in Ruse and was built in 1632. At that time, Bulgaria was under Ottoman rule and that was the reason the temple was constructed partially underground. Such were the laws of the Ottoman Empire regarding the height of Christian temples on the conquered territories.
Historians say that the church was built over an old Christian temple dating back to V century. The overall architectural plan is of a triple-naved pseudo-basilica.
The holy temple is peaceful, quiet, and dim. After you go down the authentic stairs made of stone, you reach the central nave to see the restored wooden iconostasis. The current looks of the Orthodox Church date from the time after the Liberation. There are two chapels, one for praying and another one exhibiting religious pottery and icons.
Inside, the walls and the dome are hand-painted and present beautiful religious sceneries. The 19-meter high, stone bell tower is of a hexagon shape and has five bells. St. Trinity Church is also listed as a monument of national importance and deserves a visit.
The Catholic Church of St. Paul of the Cross is not only a temple for prayer, but also a significant landmark. It is a Roman-Catholic Church that was erected in 1890 thanks to the efforts of the Italian Catholic activist - Bishop Ippolito Agosto.
The church was finished two years later with the financial help of priest Henri Doulcet and the wealthy donors he was able to attract. The building is in the Neo-Gothic architectural style and was designed by Italian architect Valentino Del Antonio.
The exterior is of red bricks and light stone which form an ascetic and straightforward design. Inside, the church is richly decorated with floral motives and wooden sculptures of angels. St. Paul of the Cross owns the oldest pipe organ preserved in Bulgaria. Today, the instrument still functions after it has been renovated for years because of the damage it suffered in an earthquake.
On the windows is with stained glass artworks and depict religious scenes and scenes from Christ's life. They are famous for their bearing a French connection - some show the French King Charles the Great and Jeanne d'Arc. The Catholic Church is open to everyone, so step inside and dive into its tranquil atmosphere.
The Clock Tower is located along the pedestrian Alexandrovska Street and is a well-known landmark of Ruse mainly because it is a favorite meeting point for locals. Simply called "The Clock", the tower is not only a renowned sightseeing point, but also a part of a building with long and important history.
The two-story house boasts a complete view to the old street XIX-century architectural ensemble and was once the central residence of the First Private Bank in Bulgaria named Girdap. The bank was founded in 1881 and in 1896 the beautiful building was finished.
According to historical records, the architectural design was done by Bulgarian engineer Samuil Danailov. People say that at the time he made the architectural plan for the building, he was still a student.
In 1913, the second floor was devastated by a fire. This was the time when the current clock became an addition to the main construction, which primarily had only one story. The Clock still uses its initial mechanism of toothed wheels. For over 100 years, the Clock has been showing locals the exact time and adorning the long trade street.
The Statue of Liberty is one of the best-known symbols and a sightseeing point in Ruse. Included in the heraldic city sign, the magnificent monument is a turnover in its cultural heritage. It honors the Liberation of the city after the start of the Russian-Ottoman war in 1877. Except for its significant artistic value, the Statue bears the mark of hard times in Bulgarian history.
The project for designing such a monumental statue was assigned to Arnoldo Zocchi - a famous Italian sculptor. Even though the modeling of the statue itself was done here, it is still one of the most fascinating structures of the many memorable works by the Italian sculptor.
It follows the stable and solid shape of a pyramid and completes with a detailed and plastic sculpture of a woman made of bronze. The overall impression from the statue is strongly emotional and is reinforced by the bronze side relief showing Bulgarian revolutionaries in battle.
The Statue of Liberty dominates the atmosphere of the central city quarter reminding visitors that Ruse is a city of dynamic history and strong cultural roots.
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