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Drone Tour of Bulgaria in Fall

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Bulgaria has nothing to offer you...?!

tihomirvitkov

Contributor tihomirvitkov created this stunning aerial collage of some of the natural scenery of Bulgaria, one of the least well known yet most beautiful countries of Europe.  The country offers some of the most diverse set of landscapes in the world, ranging from towering mountains and gigantic rock formations to rolling plains to the serene coastline on the Black Sea.  The video features a nice sampling of all of the above, with an added bonus of having been filmed during the Fall color season.  

Veliko Tarnovo: Bulgaria's Cultural Treasure

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Iconic Historical Sites in Velko Tarnovo

Mariya Zlateva

Contributor Mariya Zlateva used a DJI Phantom 4 Advanced drone to create this magnificent bird's eye view of one of Bulgaria's greatest cultural treasures.  Valiko Tarnovo was the home of the capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire, one of the dominant powers in Southeastern Europe in the 13th century.  The video includes footage of the magnificent hilltop fortress of Tsaravets, the Assens Monument to the Bulgarian Tsars, the Yantra River, and more from this city built on a series of hills in the north-central part of the country. 

Bulgaria's Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

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A Morning over the Gold Cathedral

Mariya Zlateva

The Alexander Nevsky Church in Sofia, Bulgaria is one of the largest Eastern Orthodox churches in the world.  Construction began in 1882 but wasn't completed until 1912.  The cathedral holds up to 10k people. Contributor Mariqllz used a DJI drone to create this amazing aerial view of the cathedral, which is the largest tourist attraction in the country.  It was built in memorial to the soliders killed in the Russian-Turkish war of 1877-78, a conflict which freed Bulgaria from Ottoman rule.

Lakes of the Pirin Mountains

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Lake Muratovo PIRIN Mountain Bulgaria

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In the southwest corner of Bulgaria there is a mountain range called the Pirin Mountains, part of the Rila-Radhope range which covers much of the western part of the country.  The range is dotted with over a hundred small, shallow glacial lakes, most of which are only a few meters deep.  The northern part of the range is part of Pirin National Park, which has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  In this stunning video, a drone pilot flew over several of these glacial lakes. 

Christmas in Plovdiv

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Christmas in Kapana, Plovdiv from Above

nikolaganchev

Among the pleasures of the Bulgarian city of Plovdiv is a small district called Kapana.  The name translates to "The Trap", and it has to do with the street structure.  In this video by contributor nikolaganchev, you will see why the name is appropriate.  The neighborhood was built around 500 years ago, fell into disrepair, and has recently been renovated.    Located in the foothills of the mountains in the south-central part of the country, Plovdiv is Bulgaria's second largest city and its cultural capital.

Black Sea Coast: Nessebar

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Good Morning, Nessebar - Добро утро, Несебър

Mattcoq

Top contributor Mattcoq gives us an unforgettable aerial tour of the Bulgarian resort town of Nessebar.  A UNESCO World Heritage site, it is the most important town on Bulgaria's Black Sea Coast. Contributor Mattcoq used a drone to make an amazing drone video of this 3,000 year odd town, which is in the province of Burgas.  It lies in the heart of the coastal area known  as the Red Riviera due to its popularity with communist officials during the era when Bulgaria was part of the Warsaw Pact.

Sofia: Bulgaria's Capital City

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Sofia, Bulgaria's Capital City

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Bulgaria's capital city Sofia sits near the western end of this Southeast European country.  Dating to the Roman era, the city's importance derives from its location relative to three mountain passes critical to ancient trade routes running to and from the Black Sea, at one point the world's most important body of water.  Using a DJI Phantom 4 Professional drone, AirVuz contributor Gkoutanoudisg gives us tour of this  well preserved in the foothills of the Balkan Mountains.

Plovdiv: Bulgaria's Second City

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"Dronie" in Plovdiv, Bulgaria

nikolaganchev

Plovdiv is Bulgaria's second largest city, after the capital Sofia.  It lies near the geographic center of the Southeast  European country.   It is an ancient area, with evidence of human habitation going back to the 6th century BCE.  Given its storied history, it is the home to many of Bulgaria's most important cultural events.  Contributor Nikolaganchev treats us to a dronie from one of the hills above Plovdiv, a city which was once known as the City of Seven Hills and which has been settled for thousands of years.

Musala; Bulgaria's Highest Mountain

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Musala

Cristian Bunda

Christian Bunda used a drone to create this magnificent video of the highest mountain on the Balkan Peninsula.  Its peak stands 2.9k meters (about 9.6k ft), making it the tallest mountain between the Alps and the Caucasus.  It's located in the southwestern part of Bulgaria, in the Rila National park.  As you'll see in the video, the top of the mountain affords a spectacular peak of Bulgaria's other mountain ranges, which collectively cover much of the Southeast European country.  

Buzludzha: Monument to Bulgarian Communism

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Buzludzha in the clouds (Bulgaria)

Mattcoq

Top contributor Mattcoq created this amazing drone video of what may be the most recognizable landmark of the world Communist movement.  The Buzludzha Monument sits atop the peak of the same name, which sits near the geographic center of the country and has an altitude of just over 1.4k meters (about 4.7k ft.).  Built in the 1970's, the monument commemorates a meeting in 1891 which led to the founding of the Bulgarian Social Democratic Party, the forerunner of the Bulgarian Communist party.  

The Balkan Mountains: Rila Range

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Rila Mountain

Blagoy Momchilov

The Rila Mountain Range is in southwestern Bulgaria. It's considered a sub-range of the Balkan Mountains. Although the peaks are not as high as some other European mountain ranges, the highest peak in the Rila range (Musala, which stands 2.9k meters or roughly 10k ft above sea level) is the highest peak of the Balkans and the tallest mountain between the the Alps and the Caucasus.  Contributor Blogjoy Momchilov used a drone to treat us to an aerial view of this stunning mountain.

Vitosha Mountain's TV Tower

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4K, Into the clouds

Mariya Zlateva

Contributor Mariya Zlateva created this epic drone video of what must be considered one of the world's most beautiful TV towers.  The Vitosha Mountain TV Tower sits atop Vitosha Mountain on the outskirts of the Bulgarian capital Sofia.  The 186 meter (610 ft.) tower is quite visible from virtually anywhere in the city.  While it's not even Sofia's tallest TV tower, it's unique hexagonal shape and position atop the mountain has made it one of the more iconic sights of this Southeastern European country.  

Perperikon: Temple of Dionysius?

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Perperikon | Ancient City In Bulgaria Kardzali

dronevfx

Dronevfx used a DJI Spark drone to create this beautiful video of one of the more important ancient ruins sites in Bulgaria.  Perperikon was a city in ancient Thrace, a region which was bounded by the Balkan Mountains, and the Black and Aegean Seas, now split between modern day Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey.  Located in the southern part of Bulgaria, Perperikon is thought to have been the location of the Temple of Dionysius.   The ruins have been under excavation since 2000.

Bulgaria's Submerged Church

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Epic Bulgaria 2 - Submerged Church "St. Ivan Rilski" in 4K

Blagoy Momchilov

Two types of landmarks which distinguish Bulgaria are churches and dams.  Contributor Blagoy Mamchilov used his DJI drone to create this spectacular video of a site with both.  The St. Ivan Rilski church is located in the town of Zapalnya in central Bulgaria, in an area that was flooded to make way for the Jrebchevo hydroelectric project in the 1960's.  Now sitting in the dam's reservoir, the partially submerged church is one of the country's most well known sites.  

Plovdiv Province: St, George's Church

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Seasons

RebelAct

The St. George Church is a prominent landmark in Asenovgrad in south central Bulgaria in the Plovdiv province, near the eponymously named provincial capital.   The church sits on a cliff overlooking the town, which was founded by Thracians in the third or fourth century BC.  Contributor Rebel Act used a Yuneec Q500 drone to create an amazing aerial view of this Eastern European cultural treasure, one of the most famous churches known in a country distinguished by its churches.

Mesek Fortress

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Mezek Fortress

Mattcoq

Top contrinbutor Mattcoq created this beautiful drone video of a well known medieval Bulgarian fortress.  It's called Mezek Castle, and it's located in the municipality of Svilengrad in the Haskovo Province in the south-central part of the country.  The castle, which dates to the 11th century AD, covers a large area of 6.5k square meters and has nine towers.  This stone-constructed landmark is considered to be amongst the best-preserved medieval fortresses in this mountainous Southeast European country.

Rhodope Mountains: Lake Batak

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The Island

Blagoy Momchilov

Contributor Blagoy Momchilov created this beautiful drone video of an island in Lake Batak, a reservoir in the Southeast European country of Bulgaria.  It's in the Rhodope Mountains, a range which covers parts of southern Bulgaria and northern Greece.   Runoff from the mountains creates a significant hydropower resource, exploitation of which required the creation of several  reservoir lakes in the area.  Batak is the third largest lake in the country and a popular tourist spot, near the city of Plovdiv.

The Balkan Mountains in Bulgaria

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Autumn in the Stara Planina Mountains

Danovski Air

The Balkan Mountains are less well known than other European mountain ranges, such as the Alps, the Carpathians, and the Pyrenees.  Known as Stara Planina, the Balkan range runs through a portion of Serbia and much of Bulgaria to the Black Sea.  The spectacularly beautiful mountains reach altitudes of about 2.4k meters (around 7.8k ft.).  In this video, contributor Danovski Air flew a drone over a part of the mountain range in Bulgaria, in the height of the Fall color season.  

Rila Mountains: Pyramids of Stob

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The Pyramids of Stob, Bulgaria

alex_markov

Parts of Bulgaria are home to some of Europe's most spectacular rock formations.  An example is the Pyramids of Stob, which are "hoodoos" or "fairy tale chimney" formations similar to those found in Turkey's Central Anatolia region.  They are located in the foothills of the Rila Mountain range, the highest sub-range of the Balkan Mountains, in the southwestern part of the country.  In this video, you'll get a great bird's eye view of these magnificent structures, a product of some of the unique geology of Bulgaria.

Ravadinovo: Modern Bulgarian Castle

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Ravadinovo Castle

Robert Swenson

Bulgaria is a land known for its churches, mountains, and rock formations, not its castles.  Due to the country's status under the Ottoman Empire during the period when most European castles were built, the country is nearly castle-free.   Nearly, but not entirely.  Ravadinovo Castle was built just 20 years ago, in the southeastern part of the country.  It's now one of the region's top tourist attractions.  Here is a bird's eye view of the structure, compliments of Robert Swenson.

Plovdiv Province: Anevsko Fortress

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Anevsko Fortress in the Bulgarian Mountains

Danovski Air

Here is an excellent drone video of a well known Bulgarian mountain fortress, compliments of contributor Danovski Air. Anevo Fortress is situated in the foothills of the Balkan Mountains in Plovdiv Province, in the middle of the country.  It was built in the early 12th century, in an area that has been inhabited since the Antiquity.  At one time, it had eight defensive towers.  For a time in the Middle Ages, the fortress was strong enough to be the center of a small mini-state that ruled over the region.     

Winter on Buzludzha Mountain

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Adrenaline Rush - Buzludzha Winter Edition

droneman

One of Bulgaria's most iconic sites is the Buzludzha  monument, which sits atop the Buzludzha peak situated near the geographic center of this Balkan nation.  In this video, contributor Droneman used a drone to create an impressive aerial view of this important structure, built to celebrate the Bulgarian Communist Party which ruled the country for over four decades after World War II. Funded with public contributions, the monument was constructed over a ten year period from 1971 to 1981.  It's part of the Stara Zagora province.

Pirin Mountains: Fish Lake

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The Fish lake...

Mariya Zlateva

Top contributor and drone pilot Mariya Zlateva created this beautiful aerial video of some beautiful lakes in the mountains of western Bulgaria.  The Banderishki is a series of 17 lakes in the Pirin Mountains, which cover a part of the southwestern corner of the country and are part of the greater Balkan Mountain range.  The main focus of the video is Fish Banderishko Lake, one of five of the chain which have names and the largest.   The lake sits at an elevation of about 2.2k meters (a bit over 7k ft.).  

Landscapes of Bulgaria

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2018 in 5mins from Bulgaria

Danovski Air

Check out this five minute highlight drone reel from Bulgaria, compliments of contributor Danovski Air.  Most of the video shows the diversity of the country's landscapes, and it opens with footage of a flock of birds flying over one of the country's numerous lakes.  You'll also see shots of wild horses wandering some foothills, the flat but beautiful Danubian Plain, some Black Sea beaches, numerous mountain shots including the Beklemeto Pass Arc of Liberty Monument, a wind farm, and more.  

Asenovgrad

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Asenovgrad in 80 seconds

RebelAct

Take an aerial tour of the area around Asenovgrad, Bulgaria, compliments of contributor and drone pilot RebelAct.  Asenovgrad is a city in the Plovdiv Province which covers part of the middle of the country.  The largest Bulgarian city that is not a provincial capital, it is home to some important cultural sites including some well known monasteries and churches.  As you'll see in the video, the natural setting of the city is also impressive; it's set in the foothills of the Rodhope Mountains.  

The Devil's Bridge

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Some Vfx Shot In Devil's Bridge Ardino Bulgaria | Part 1

dronevfx

Contributor dronevfx combined some great drone footage with some creative special effects to create this remarkable video of a well known bridge in Bulgaria in Southeastern Europe.  Devil's Bridge (Dyavolski most) is an arch bridge in the Rodhope Mountains.  It's located near the town of Ardino in the Kardzhali Province which covers the south-central part of the country.  With a length of 56 meters (184 ft.), it was a considerable technical achievement when it was built in the 16th century.

Pomorie, Burgas Province

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Поморие

vlado123456789

Check out this drone video of a beautiful Bulgarian seaside town, compliments of vlado123456789. It's called Pomorie, and it's located on the Gulf of Burgas, an inlet of the Black Sea.  The town was founded as early as the 4th or 5th century BC, and it was an important town during Roman, Byzantine, Bulgarian Empire, and Ottoman Empire days.  The town sits on a peninsula in the Burgas province, less than a half hour drive from the eponymously named provincial capital city.  

Belogradchik Fortress, Vidin

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Images from a historical zone

mihaiflorea

Check out this stunning drone video of the ancient Belogradchik Fortress in the mountains of Bulgaria, compliments of mihaiflora.  It's located near its namesake town in the Vidin Province, which covers the northwestern part of the country.  The fortress, which uses the natural rock formations here for part of its structure, was constructed during the period of rule by the Roman Empire.  Initially more of an observation post than a defensive structure, it was turned into a true fortress during the 14th century.

Varna: Bulgaria's Third City

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Beautiful Varna | DJI Mavic Pro 2

Guy tapiaro

Contributor Guy tapiaro used a DJI Mavic Pro 2 to create this beautiful aerial of the Bulgarian seaside town of Varna.  Situated on the Black Sea, Varna is the third-largest city in this Balkan country, after Sofia and Plovdiv.  A major seaport, it is Bulgaria's most important maritime city and the main base for the Bulgarian fleet.  The city was the site of the Battle of Varna in 1444, one of the last major engagements of the Crusades; the Ottoman victory here led to the fall of Constantinople within a decade.  

Black Sea Coastal Tour

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Black Sea Bulgaria

pristis

The two defining physical features of the Southeast European nation of Bulgaria are its mountains and its long Black Sea coastline.  In this amazing drone video by contributor pristis you'll get some great bird's eye views of the latter.  The country's coastline along the great inland sea runs almost 380 km (about 250 mi.), about a third of which is sandy beaches.  As you'll see from the videos, these beaches are interspersed with areas of steep cliffs, lighthouses, and quaint seaside villages.  

Eastern Rodhope Mountains: Kardzhali

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Bulgaria Kardzhali | Aerial Cinematic Drone Video

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Check out this beautiful drone video of a town in southern Bulgaria, compliments of contributor dronevfx.  Kardzhali is a mid-sized town of about 45,000 in the province of the same name, which covers the south-central part of the country.  The town sits in the Eastern Rodhope Mountains, a sub-chain of the Rodhope Mountains (sometimes called the Bulgarian Mountains).  The town is just a short distance from the Kardzhali Reservoir, the second largest in the country.

Kosovo, Plovdiv Province

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Timelessnes

RebelAct

Check out this beautiful scene from the mountains of Bulgaria, compliments of contributor RebelAct.  using a Yuneec Typhoon H drone, he filmed the area around the village of Kosovo in the Plovdiv Province, one of the country's 28 first-order administrative divisions.  The area is in the heart of the Rodhope Mountains (sometimes called the Bulgarian Mountains), an important chain which covers much of the western part of the country.   The village lies due south of the provincial capital, Plovdiv. 

Sofia Province: Copper Mine

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Elacite Copper Mine at Sunset

alex_markov

The Balkans have been an important area for mining activity in Europe for centuries.  In this drone video by contributor Alex_Markov, you'll get a bird's eye view of a modern copper mine in Bulgaria.  The Elastite is situated in the Sofia province in the western part of the country.  Operated by the Geotechmin Group, it's estimated to have 650 million tons of recoverable ore.  With an average grade of .3%, that translates into about 2 million tons (about 2 billion kg or 4 billion lbs.) of the red metal.  

Above Veliko Tarnovo

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Veliko Tarnovo Phantom 3 Pro Aerial 4k

Daffster

Veliko Tarnovo is the most important city in northern Bulgaria.  It's the capital of the province of the same name, which covers the north central part of country.  The city can make a credible claim to being the country's cultural capital.  It was the capital city of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom, which ruled over much of Southeastern Europe in the 13th and 14th centuries.  In this video by Daffster, you'll see some of the sights and sounds of this beautiful Bulgarian city.  

St. Vlas: Black Sea Resort Town

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Saint Vlas 2019

AlexanderK

Check out this beautiful drone video of the Bulgarian Black Sea resort town of St. Vlas, compliments of contributor AlexanderK.  The town is situated on Burgan Bay, roughly in the middle of the country's coastline, and it's backdropped by the foothills of the Balkan Mountains.  Originally settled by Greeks, St. Vlas has emerged as a popular seaside beach destination, known for being a bit more family-oriented compared to the Nessebar and Sunny Beach areas roughly 30-45 minutes to its north.  

Bulgaria's Lavender Fields

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Scent of lavender

RebelAct

The Southeast European nation of Bulgaria is one of the top three lavender oil producers in the world. The country has hundreds of fields where the perennial, purple plant grows but the most famous are in Shumen and Dobrich. The plants start to bloom in June and are harvested by the end of July, when many towns in the region hold lavender festivals. Drone pilot RebelAct flew over a field of lavender plants with his Yuneec Typhoon Q500 drone to create this fascinating video. 

Flying over Devil's Bridge

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The Devil's Bridge | Bulgaria

Mattcoq

The lands of modern-day Bulgaria spent several centuries under occupation of the Ottoman Empire until the country achieved independence in 1878.  One of the more visible legacies from the Ottoman period is the landmark known as Dyavolski most, or the Devil's Bridge.  The bridge spans the Arda River in the mountains of the Kardzhali Province.  In this drone video by top contributor Mattcoq, you can get a bird's eye view of the bridge, which dates to the early 16th century.  

Belogradchik Rocks

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Belogradchik Rocks Bulgaria 2019

Danovski Air

Bulgaria's mountainous terrain has given rise to numerous rock formations, some of which are among the most unusual to be found in Europe.  In this drone video by Danovski Air, you'll get a bird's eye view of the Belogradchik Rocks in the province of Vidin in the northwestern corner of this Balkan country.  Comprised of sandstone and conglomerate material, some of the rocks reach up to 200 meters (around 660 ft.) in height.  They lie on the western slopes of the Balkan Mountains.  

Matochina Fortress, Haskovo Province

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Matochina Fortress | Bulgaria

Mattcoq

Check out this drone video of a well-known fortress in Bulgaria, compliments of contributor Mattcoq.  It's called Matochina Fortress, and it's located in a town of the same name in the Haskovo Province, in the southeastern part of the island.  It is believed to have been originally built during the Antiquity, although most of the current structure dates to the 12th-14th centuries.  The fortress was part of the defensive system around Adrianople (now Edirne), the third-most important city of the Ottoman Empire. 

The Rila Lakes

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Seven Rila Lakes 4K

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One of the top attractions in the Southeast European country of Bulgaria is a group of glacial lakes known as the Seven Rila Lakes.  The tiny lakes (the largest is only about 20 acres) lie in the Rila Mountains in the southwestern part of the country.  The lakes are connected via small streams, and are fed by runoff from the surrounding peaks.  Each lake carries a descriptive name, such as "Kidney", "Fish Lake", and "The Eye".  Check out all seven from above in this beautiful drone video.  

The Alyosha Monument, Plovdiv

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Alyosha Drone Cinematic Video

Memories Catcher

Check out this drone video of a modern-era landmark of Plovdiv, Bulgaria, compliments of contributor Memories Catcher.  It's a statue called the Alyosha Monument, and it's located in the city of Plovdiv.  The statue was erected during the Communist era as a tribute to the losses sustained by the Soviet Union during its occupation of Bulgaria during World War II.  Although Bulgaria did not actively participate in the hostilities, it was aligned with the Axis powers and was invaded and occupied by the USSR in 1944.  

The Rhodope Mountains

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Rhodope Mountains Love

pixelhunters

Contributor pixelhunter created this beautiful captioned aerial tour of some beautiful spots in the Rhodope Mountains of Bulgaria.  The mountains cover a significant section of the southern part of the country, and are home to some of the highest mountains in Southeastern Europe.  The video features footage of Smilyan Village, the Arda River, Kaskya Village, Moniac Kardjali, Ravnista, Lipec Village, Kom Peak, KAinadina Ridge, Smolyan Town, and Rozhen Observatory.

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