The hotel is in terrible state
The oldest and most prominent hotel in Veliko Tarnovo, Tsar Boris Treti (Tsar Boris the Third), is going to be restored. The plans for its complete restoration and renovation are with the Bulgarian National Institute for Immovable Cultural Heritage now and are awaiting approval. The project is elaborated by the same architect who restored Hadji Nikoli Inn and turned into a real gem which even won the Building of the Year 2010 contest.
This is how it looked in its heyday
The owner of the masterpiece created by the Bulgarian master builder Kolyo Ficheto is owned by the Texan millionaire Edmund Beck. He bought the former hotel, which is located on Opalchenska Street, from a bailiff.
This imposing for its time building was constructed by a master builder who built another 89 houses for some of the richest citizens of Veliko Tarnovo at the end of the 19th century. In the last year of its existence it served as a youth centre and a place for evening entertainments.
The government is expected to announce today that 2nd January is also going to be a non-working day, meaning that we’re going to have 5 consecutive non-working days for Christmas and another 5 for the New Year celebrations. So everyone will have enough time to go and visit their friends and family and also plenty of time for eating and drinking as the tradition enjoys.
2nd January 2015 is not an official public holiday but it will be included in this festive time span for a more efficient use of the festive days by merging 31st December (which was already announced a day of rest earlier this year), the official public holiday 1st January 2015 and the following weekend and also so that the work process is not interrupted. 31th December is going to be worked off on 13th December and 2nd January – on 24th January.
24th, 25th and 26th December are official public holidays and this years they are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday which obviously means that the weekend is coming right after them so the only working days available for anything urgent that might come up to be done (and is related to any government institution) are going to be 29th and 30th December. Private businesses are independent and decide on their own if they are going to operate or not.
The Ministry of culture allocated almost 20 000 euro for the restoration of the wall paintings in the renowned Preobrazhenski Monastery. The frescoes take up 14 sqm and are to be restored for the first time since 1915. They were painted by Zahari Zograf between 1849 and 1851; the artist is considered the most famous Bulgarian painter of the Bulgarian National Revival period and is widely known for his icons and church mural paintings. The monastery was founded in the 14 century but it was completely destroyed during the Ottoman rule. In 1832 the Turkish Sultan gave his permission for a new church to be built in the place of the old monastery. Kolyo Ficheto (the most notable master builder of that time) completed the church in 1834.
There is a stir on the high end property market in Veliko Tarnovo. Currently there is an increased interest for real estates located in the Old Part, the central area and the outskirts of the town. More than 35 luxury houses with prices starting at 150,000 euro are on the market at the moment. A mansion with total living area of 447 sqm and asking price of 250,000 euro in Arbanassi is one of the top priced propertis at the moment. A 3-story building part of the Samovodskata Charshia architecture complex next to the Emiliyan Stanev Museum is also for sale at 176,200 euro. 220,000 euro is the price for another delightfull property at the beginnig of Varusha quarter.
The center, the Old Part, and Kartala and Asenov quarters are apparantly the most sought after. According to real estate agents there is a distinctive interest in those locations. One of the listings on the market is for two properties on top of Varusha for 150,000 each; although it hard to reach the views that are revealed from there are stunning and probably the best in town. Close to the Town Library is another 350 sqm property which rises at 4 stories due to the specific terrain and is being sold at 220,000 euro. For those wanting to savour the peace, tranquility and fresh air of Kartala neighbourhood will have to dig deep in their pockets. Hoses with extras such a garden and pool start from 170,000 euro.
If you want to check some of them you can see an array of luxury properties on our website with the record holder priced at the staggering 530,000 euro http://www.yantrahomes.co.uk/en/fast-search-results/luxury-houses-for-sale/page-1
The project is to cover 30,000 sqm of land
The lake at Ksilifor
Sports complex for 4 million leva is to be set up near Veliko Tarnovo right after the opening of the new European funding programmes. The plot where the future recreational centre is to be build is owned by a Veliko Tarnovo based tourist union which is the oldest one in Bulgaria. The project is developed by an architect and is so detailed that is takes up 15 thick file folders. It is one of its kind in North Central Bulgaria and will render the Ksilifor area an enticing centre for sports activities and cultural and eco-tourism.
There will be football pitches, tennis, basketball and volleyball courts, climbing walls and even a small ski track. Different size swimming pools will also be available as well as Water Attractions Park. There will be enough car parks to accommodate all the visitors’ vehicles. The roads to Ksilifor and the infrastructure of the region are also to be updated. The mountain hostel is to be renovated and the adjoining lake will be cleaned. The lake itself will be transformed to accommodate boats and pedal boats; picnic areas will be set up along the shore line.