Shumen is a province in northeastern
Bulgaria. Its main city is Shumen, and other municipalities
are Hitrino, Kaolinovo, Kaspichan, Nikola Kozlevo, Novi Pazar,
Smyadovo, Varbitsa, Veliki Preslav, and Venets.
The city of Shumen is famous
in the region for the Monument to 1300 years of Bulgarian
History. The monument is in the cubist style and is 1300 steps
(each step representing a year) above the center of the town.
Other places of note are the Shumen fortress, Tombul Mosque,and
Shumen Plato National park. The center of the town has a historical
museum, large library, and large theater. The municipality
building, also in the center, has a concert hall that features
regular symphony performances. Shumen is also the location
of the Shumensko Brewery, a popular beer in Bulgaria. The
area surrounding Shumen plays a significant part in Bulgarian
History with the first and second capitols of historical Bulgaria
within thirty kilometers from the city.
Shumen lies on the main route between Varna and Sofia and
is served by numerous trains and buses serving the city. The
city is also very well connected with Istanbul which serves
the large Turkish community in the region.