Bulgaria is an ancient land with many Thracian, Byzantine and Egyptian Temples and Tombs, which have been recently discovered and renovated. The country of Bulgaria was established in the 7th century A.D. In the 9th century A.D., St. Kiril and Methodius invented the Glagolic Alphabet, which developed into the Cyrillic alphabet, officially used in some Slavic countries today and used in Bulgaria. During the 13th century Bulgaria was conquered by the Ottoman Empire and stayed under its governance until the end of 19th century. From 1944 until 1989 Bulgaria was under Communist control. After the breakup of the former Soviet Union in 1989, Bulgaria began democratic reforms and development and is now an EU member.
The country has much to offer for tourists and visitors. Bulgaria boasts mineral springs, beautiful nature and a rich cultural heritage. Bulgaria is also fascinating from an architectural perspective. Traveling outside the capital of Sofia there are numerous attractions such as the Rila Monastery and the towns of Bansko, Plovdiv and Koprivshtitsa to name a few. Bulgaria remains a culturally rich highlight of Eastern Europe.