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Three Bulgarian historical sites to be restored with state funding

e593ea5a9075b912f34d32379c6c29f6_bigThe Cabinet will grant funding for the restoration of three important tourist sites in Bulgaria. The cash is to come from the Ministry of Culture. The Prime Minister Boyko Borisov came up with the idea after sites which were restored with state money proved to be very successful attracting tourist and visitors. Among them are Belchin, Tsarevets, Perperikon and Sozopol.

One of these places which will benefit from the financing is the palace of the Asenevtsi Dynasty in Veliko Tarnovo. It was recently discovered that the palace was not situated on Tsarevets Hill but on Trapezitsa.

Ivan Asen II (1218–1241) moved the tsar residency to a new place, likely because he decided that Tsarevets was cursed (the four tsars who ruled Bulgaria from 1185 to 1218 were violently killed there).

The restoration project, which strictly complies with the archaeological remnants of the palace standing today at 6-8 m height, is now deposited at the National Historical Museum. The Asenevtsi Fortress span at 660 sqm and was a typical feudal palace built by the brothers Asen and Petar and used during their reign at the time of the Second Bulgarian Tsardom.

After the restoration is complete Veliko Tarnovo will have one more tourist site to boast with.

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Veliko Tarnovo is to be at the centre of the commemorations marking the 830th anniversary of the Uprising of Asen and Petar

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Tsar Asen I ans Tsar Petar II

The old capital of Bulgaria, Veliko Tarnovo, is to host the national celebrations commemorating the 830th anniversary of the Uprising of Asen and Petar (The Uprising of Asen and Peter was a revolt caused by a tax increase. It began on 26 October 1185 and ended with the formation of the Second Bulgarian Empire, ruled by the Asen dynasty).  Patron of the events will be the Bulgarian prime-minister Boyko Borisov. The regional historical museum will set up an exhibition dedicated to the uprising and its commemoration; it will feature all the gold hoards which is are owned by the town. The show will be located in the Archaeological Museum and among some of the items presented will be The Gold Hoard of Hotnitsa, the rings of Tsar Kaloyan and Dobroslav and valuable frescoes and icons previously not shown to the public. Newly founded gold artefacts unearthed at the excavations at Trapezitsa Hill and in Frenhisar and Asenov quarters will also be available to see.

The celebrations will start in October and will be held in Asenov neighbourhood – at Dimitar Solunski Church and the few more which are located there and are declared scheduled ancient monuments. There will be also a street march and historical re-enactment of the event which happed 830 years ago. Movies related to the uprising will also be shown and the University of Veliko Tarnovo will hold a science conference.

There will also be free guided sightseeing tours along some of the most interesting places and historical sites in Veliko Tarnovo. These walks are also conducted during other historically important dates in the calendar like 3rd March, 22nd March, 7th July and 22nd September.

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Campaign for old electric appliances collection

Electrical items_0On November 29th (Saturday) the citizens of Veliko Tarnovo and the region can dispose safely of their outdated and faulty electric appliances. Two makeshift stations, where you can hand in you unwanted devices, will be set up. One will be in Buzludzha neighbourhood at the parking lot near the open market and another at the parking across the CBA store in Kartala quarter. All the home appliance will then be recycled.

Veliko Tarnovo has a contract with a firm that will collect the items. The reason behind this action is purely ecological – if the electric appliances are discarded in the street waste containers they can eventually have harmful influence on the environment. The Municipality is conforming to the high ecological standard ISO 14001 Environmental Management System for several years now. This system aims at minimizing the pollution and negative effects of human activity on the environment.

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Tsarevets Fortress lights up in purple on 17th November

zabelejitelnostiOn November, 17th Tsrevets Fortress will shine in purple, the reason being the World Prematurity Day. Veliko Tarnovo Municipality is participating in the campaign to mark the day to show its support for the families of babies born pre-term. This day is observed each year to raise awareness of pre-term birth and the concerns of premature babies and their families worldwide

On Monday, from 7 pm Tsarevets Fortress is going  to glow in purple for half an hour as a sign of Veliko Tarnovo’s and its citizens’ sympathy for the premature babies and their families and in memory of those who unfortunately lost their battle for life.

Approximately one in 10 of all babies born worldwide are premature. Bulgaria is also part of this grim statistics with premature births reaching 16-17% in some regions.

At the same time some good news came last week – apparently Veliko Tarnovo Municipality is one of 13 regions in Bulgaria with considerable rise in the birth rate. 1023 babies were born so far this year.