The 25-seat glass elevator is manufactured in Italy and costs 2.5 million leva
An inclined lift which will take tourists up on Trapezitsa Hill has been installed and is currently undergoing last technical adjustments and tests. The tests should be completed by the beginning of August and the lift will then have to be approved by a specially appointed commission.
The cabin seats 25 people. It weighs 55 tons and is made of glass so tourists can enjoy the spectacular view which is reviewed from the hill. The lift is made in Italy and costs 2.5 million leva. The track is 124 m long and the maximum speed will be 1.6 m/sec. The lift will take off at a special stop near the old Trapezitsa railway stop and will raise its passengers up 65 meters to a point in the western part of the historic hill where two decades ago archaeologist discovered the remnants of a 40 meters long defensive walls from XIII century.
Currently there are archaeological excavations going on at the hill so it will be some time before tourists take to use the lift. Also the reconstruction of the ramparts and the infrastructure of the tourist area have to be completed before the lift starts operating.
A future marketing specialist, a student in political science and a hostel worker are conducting free guided walking tours along the cobbled street of Veliko Tarnov and its many places to visit. The meeting point is in front of the Tourist Information Centre Veliko Tarnovo, near the Post Office, at 11 am. The guided tour is in English and lasts two hours. During this walk tourists from all over the world are shown Veliko Tarnovo’s most renowned sites – from the artisan Samovodska Charshia, pass the Cathedral temple The birth of Holy Mother, through Tsarevets Fortress, along Gurko Street and finishing their journey at Asenevtsi Monument, near the starting point. In nice weather there are also evening tours from 6 pm but are more oriented towards different art and performance events. The students are giving these free discussions for a third year in a row because in their words it is a nice way to spend their free time. This year they have one more reason – Veliko Tarnovo’s effort to win The European Capital of Culture 2019 Contest. As the summer season is coming to its peak more and more tourists are flocking to the town. Americans, English, Spanish, French, Russian and even Japanese nationals are walking along the cobbled streets of the Old Town and enjoying its magnificence. The art events held at the Boris Denev Art Gallery and Asenevtsi Monument are also gathering momentum amongst the foreign tourist.
A feast under the slogan „No one is bigger than bread“ will take place on July, 5th in Resen, a village in Veliko Tarnovo Municipality. The event is organized by the local authorities, community centre and pensioner’s club. The celebration day will feature two contests – for best dough-made product and best folk song performer.
Folk musical groups from Ruse, Gabrovo, Resen, Mindya, Tserova Koriya and many more place will take part in the singing contest. The participant in the culinary competition will present their ritual breads, banitsi, mekitsi, buhti and other dough-made products in the foyer of the community centre.
Veliko Tarnovo’s Mayor and his team are trying to find the means to fund the reconstruction of Boruna Park and the construction of riverside road and pedestrian zone by Yantra River. The money is also needed for the restoration of the Stambolov bridge and Boris Denev Art Gallery. Sveta Gora Hill will also be transformed. The plan is for Sveta Gora Park to turn into the new favourite place for recreation of the citizens and guests of Veliko Tarnovo. There will be bicycle lanes, open air stages, open air fitness grounds and observation decks with great panoramic views towards the town and Tsarevets Fortress. A new riverside street will be constructed by Yantra River. A beautifully landscaped pedestrian walkway will also be build. Water attractions and activities will be available after the realization of the project is all done.
Architecture students from Sofia have made a suggestion for the Veliko Tarnovo Municipality to install an aerial tramway over Yantra River. They believe that the town is very suitable for a cable car due to its unique natural setting. It will be used for a means of public transportation but also as a tourist attraction. The aerial lift will span over Yantra River and will connect the Old Town with a point across the river, near the Stambolov Bridge. Spectacular views of Asenevtsi Monument, Sveta Gora Hill and the tiered houses on the opposite bank of the river will be revealed from the air. The students also envisage bright lights to illuminate the river banks and the transformation of old street phones into electronic tourist guides. We are yet to see if these projects are to be realized.