Tsar Ivan Asen II
The official date on which we celebrate the day of Veliko Tarnovo is March, 22nd. The date is related to the win of Tsar Ivan Asen II over the ruler of the Despotate of Epirus, Theodore Komnenos Doukas, in the battle of Klokotnitsa (near nowadays town of Haskovo). The battle in which the Bulgarian tsar defeated and captured Theodore Komnenos took place on the 22 March 1230.
The first records of the day being celebrated can be traced back to 1879. The festive was held in the The Holy Forty Martyrs Church. The church, dedicated to the Forty Martyrs of Sebaste (that are honoured on the very same date as the battle itself), was built and painted on the order of Bulgarian Tsar Ivan Asen II in honour of his important victory. The church was erected in the town of Veliko Tarnovo, the capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire and also residence of Tsar Ivan Asen II. Up until 1944 the day was being marked annually. After September, 9th 1944 rejoicing of the day was halted. The Bulgarian coup d’état of 1944 was a change in the Kingdom of Bulgaria’s administration and government carried out on the eve of 9 September 1944. Following that date, large-scale political, economic and social changes were introduced to the country, with Bulgaria quitting the Axis and coming into the Soviet sphere of influence.
The Holy Forty Martyrs Church
Some of the citizens of Asenov quarter (where the The Holy Forty Martyrs Church is located) renewed the tradition of celebrating the day in 1970. They marked the day under the slogan ‘My beloved neighbourhood’ and the festive was carried out in the church. In 1984 their idea received wide spread support and approval. Since then 22 March is honoured annually with lots of in-town happenings, events and celebrations.
Don’t forget to see the Tsarevets Light and Sound show tonight at 9 pm.
The culmination of the celebrations will be the Veliko Tarnovo 3D Mapping Light Show at Asenevtsi Monument. It starts at 8 pm on March, 22nd. Afterwards fireworks will light the night sky marking the end of the festive day.
Veliko Tarnovo Trabant Motor Show in 2013.
The fifth edition of ‘Trabant Motor Show’ will take place on March, 22nd in Veliko Tarnovo. The local Trabant fan club is expecting more than fifty East German cars from Bulgaria and Romania to be presented at the exposition.
The trabis, as some call them endearingly, will be on display at the parking lot behind the Army Club Building from 10 am till 12 am. They will then parade along the road to Retail Park Veliko Tarnovo parking. At the parking, Trabant owners will show off their expert driving skills. There will be prizes for the oldest, the best maintained and the worst maintained car and also for best car tuning.
Next year the show will have a Trabant limousine, said one of the most adamant Trabant collectors in Bulgaria Ivaylo Antov. He has 60 cars in his collection, among them a pick up, sedan, cabriolet and combi. But he says that he still doesn’t own a limo. According to him there is only one such in Sofia; in his words Veliko Tarnovo also deserves a six-meter long car. He intends to it put together out of 7 or 8 Trabants.
The last Trabant left the German factory in the distant 1992.
The cost of the highway will amount to 1.5 billion lv without VAT
The ‘Improved Blue Version’ is the chosen route.
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The main advantage of the newly chosen route is that it is going to pass along as many towns and villages as possible. The highway is to connect the capital of Bulgaria to the Black sea town of Varna. The completion of the motorway is expected to improve the economic state of three Bulgarian regions – the North-Western, the Northern Central and the North-Eastern. Up to 2,9 million people will have immediate use of the main arterial road.
Four alternative routes have been thoroughly reviewed. After the analysis two of the possibilities received even further examination. These are the ‘Improved Blue Version’ that passes at an equal distance by Pleven, Veliko Tarnovo and Lovech and the ‘Green Version’ that goes along the currently existing I-4 main road. The ‘Improved Blue Version’, which is the chosen one, is considered to be the best option even from an ecological point of view. Some of the villages in Veliko Tarnovo region that will be relatively close to the highway, when finished, are Varbovka, Butovo, Rositsa, Mihaltsi, Stambolovo, Vodoley, Resen, Nikyup, Paskalevets, Polski Senovets, Kutsina, Krusheto and Draganovo and also the town of Pavlikeni.
The construction of Hemus highway is going to be divided in 8 lots and will be completed in three stages. The end of March is the deadline for a construction firm, which will have to work out a plan for the execution of the first stage, to be picked out. The aim is for construction works to start in 2016 but it is still not clear where the funding for the project will come from.
Veliko Tarnovo municipality gets the Motel Dam back
Veliko Tarnovo finally managed to take back the tenure of the emblematic Motel Dam. Tides of investors are pressing their demands for the exclusive right to operate, maintain and carry out their investment plans. Most of them are willing to build a restaurant with panoramic views, construct outside seating and eating areas and offer different water sport activities like jet skiing and rowing. The dam is just outside Veliko Tarnovo, on the main arterial road Sofia-Varna. It was left unutilized for years and town authorities didn’t have access to it because of its previous user. Veliko Tarnovo municipality is back in possession of the dam and is waiting for the position of a Special Parliamentary Commission as to whether the exploitation of the dam should be granted at an auction or by a concession.
There is already an offer by a Sofia based entrepreneur who is willing to take the reservoir by a concession agreement. He is planning an investment of 300 000 lv but at the background of a promise of at least 10 year contract. He intends to stock the dam with fish and to set up special zones for sport fishing as well as picnic areas and a camping site. The recreational complex will be complemented by a fish grill restaurant situated right by the dam itself. Kayaks and paddle boats will be located at another section of the reservoir.
The Parliamentary Commission has the last word now – if they allow the dam to be granted at an auction and not by a concession, the procedure will be much swifter and cheaper and the winning bidder will be able to implement and realize their project much faster.
Veliko Tarnovo municipality is organizing ‘My Garden’ Campaign for the second time in a row. Its aim is to stimulate citizens’ activity to turn the spaces between residential buildings, allocated for growing flowers and decorative bushes, into beautifully arranged gardens.
House owners and representatives of homeowners associations in Veliko Tarnovo can take part in the contest. What they need to do is describe the plot which is to be cultivated, enumerate the plant species that are to be grown and present papers proving ownership or minutes from the Homeowners General Meeting.
Afterwards a special commission will inspect all enlisted participating yards. The project is part of Veliko Tarnovo’s efforts to win the ‘European capital of culture 2019’ contest. The objectives behind this particular activity are to show the empathy of the citizens to make the town a better place for living.
Fifteen applications were entered in the campaign last year. So far eleven of the projects are accomplished. The rest of them are to be finished in the next few months.