Ruse (also transliterated as Russe or Rousse), and historically known as Rustchuk (Ruschuk), is the 5th largest city in Bulgaria. Ruse is situated in the northeastern part of the country, on the right bank of Danube River, opposite the Romanian city of Giurgiu, nearly 75 km (47 miles) south of Bucharest, the capital of Romania, 200 km (124 miles) from the Black Sea Coast of Bulgaria and 300 km (186 miles) from the capital Sofia. Ruse is the most significant river port in Bulgaria, serving an important part of the country's international trade. The total area of Ruse is 127.124 km2 (49.083 ml2). Its population (as of February 2011) is 149,640.
Ruse is one of Bulgaria's 100 Tourist Sites. The city is famous for the plenty of preserved buildings from the end of 19th and the beginning of 20th century. There are a total of 272 monuments of culture. Most of the sights are located at the city center (the theater, the opera, museums, architectural landmarks, hotels, restaurants, cafes, souvenir shops). Among them all the following ones are outstanding:
- The main street of the city of Ruse is "Aleksandrovska". It is an interesting architectural ensemble of buildings in Neo-Rococo, Neo-Baroque, and other architectural styles.
- The Monument of Liberty was created at the beginning of 20th century by Arnoldo Zocchi (Italian sculptor). As time went by, the monument gained significance as one of the symbols of Ruse, and now forms part of its coat of arms.
- Dohodno Zdanie is a Neoclassical edifice in the city centre, built in 1898–1902 in order to accommodate the local theatre performances. together with the Monument of Liberty, it's a symbol of Ruse.
- Girdap was Bulgaria's first privately owned bank. It was established in 1881, and became one of the six largest Bulgarian banks. Today the main building is a favorite meeting point and houses the administration of the Chamber of Commerce.
- The old city centre is the square around Rousse Historical Museum. Located on the square is the regional library "Lyuben Karavelov". The building is decorated with beautiful baroque ornaments.
Ruse is famous for its unique 19th-20th-century Neo-Rococo and Neo-Baroque architecture, attracting many tourists. It has often been called 'the Little Vienna'. The Ruse-Giurgiu Friendship Bridge was the only one in the Bulgarian-Romanian section of Danube until June 14, 2013 and crosses the river here.
Highlights: Basarbova Monastery, Cerven
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Port Ruse cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Ruse, Bulgaria. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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