Shumen is a town with rich history and traditions, centre of education and culture, developed industry and communications. It is situated at the foot of natural reserve Shumen Plateau. Shumen sprang from an old Roman and Byzantine fortress, overlooking a passage from the Danube Plain to the mountain passes of the Balkan Mountain. Shumen was a thriving economic and cultural centre during the period of the Bulgarian National Renaissance.
Shumen Region is situated in the central part of northeast Bulgaria. It occupies some parts of the eastern Danubian Plain and the eastern part of the Balkan Range. In Shumen and the lands around it, unique monuments of culture are preserved from ancient times to the present. Here are the first Bulgarian capitals - Pliska and Veliki Preslav (Great Preslav), here is Madara - the Bulgarian Troy, with the unique Madara Horseman. In 1979 it is declared as a monument of world significance and it is placed under the aegie of UNESCO, here is the old Shumen Fortress, here are numerous evidences of the role of the town of Shumen in 13th century history of the Bulgarian people.
No other non- utilitarian structure in Europe can compare to the Monument to the Founders of the Bulgarian State. It is a monument to the birth and rise of the Bulgarian spirit, a psalm of praise to the founding, affirmation and prosperity of the first Bulgarian Kingdom. The unique result is a vast composition recounting through images and symbols the history of Bulgaria and the peaks attained in social and cultural development between the 7th and the 10th century. It is 3 km away from the centre of Shumen. The history of the fortress is revealed in the exhibition of the specialized museum near the fortress.