Norwegian Financial Mechanism will fund the administrations of Bulgarian municipalities with a project worth 1 million Euro to improve their administrative capacity for 30 months. The project meeting was held in Veliko Tarnovo and was attended by representatives of the National Association of Municipalities, the Bulgarian Council of Ministers, the Norwegian Association of Local and Regional Authorities, the Norwegian Embassy and the Barents Secretariat.
November 1 in Bulgaria is celebrated as the Day of National Revival Leaders. On this day, Bulgarians commemorate the work of Bulgarian educators, writers, revolutionaries and holy leaders in reviving the national spirit under the Ottoman rule and the pursuit of education and literature.
The holiday is noted annually by torchlight processions and is a public holiday in Bulgaria. Initially the holiday celebrates the educational, religious and revolutionary figures of the Bulgarian National Revival during 18-19th centuries. In a broader sense, this public holiday celebrates all current and former school, literary, theatre, music, and cultural figures who, though unknown to the general public contribute to the case for the spiritual growth of the Bulgarians.
This day is proposed and introduced in 1922 by Stoyan Omarchevski, then Minister of Education in the Alexander Stamboliyski led government. They picked this date, because it is also the day of St. John of Rila in the Orthodox Christian calender.
Owners of property in Veliko Tarnovo’s Nezavisimost Street and developers who want to build in the area will have to meet certain requirements for renovation and construction.
An expert team of architects Nikolay Malakov, Donka Koleva and Stefan Tangalov have prepared a scaled model of the original look of the historic street, as well as a set of requirements for developers, regarding the buildings height, elongation, façade, etc.
The Emen Cave, located at the beginning of the Emen Walking Trails, is 3,113 meters long and ranks seventeen in the list of the deepest caves in Bulgaria.
In the past, the cave was used consistently as mushroom plantation, a warehouse for ripening cheese, and as a part of the military base, built above the cave. This explains the concrete slab at the entrance and the elevator shaft in the arch.
Lafchieva House is the only remaining three-storey Bulgarian house in traditional style from the Revival period. This interesting Revival house was built around the early 40s of the 19th century and is famous for its construction, which does not include a single nail or metal bracket. All fittings are carved from wood. The house is located on the main street of Dryanovo and is a listed building of national importance.
Nikola Gaynardzhiyata is the master-builder of the Lafchieva House. Because of its method of construction, the house is also known as “the house with no nails”. A little known fact is that it is not a single home, but two semi-detached homes, Lafchieva and Pereva Houses, connected through their roof and façade in an architectural composition.
Typical of the Renaissance style, each upper floor of the Lafchieva House slightly protrudes over the lower floor. The ground floor is designed for business – it consists of shops, warehouses and basements. Тhe house looks completely different from the inner court. Seen from there, it has two floors, made of stone and whitewashed façade, with a gallery and tall, rectangular carved wooden columns supporting the roof.
Lafchieva House (and the Pereva) impresses with its precise workmanship and elegant use of wood in the interior, as well as the perfect masonry, which at that time was typical of Dryanovo builders. Characteristic of the Lafchieva House (unlike the National Revival period houses of Tryavna) is its minimalistic decoration – small stylized rosettes diversify the doors of some of cupboards, and there is a carved “sun”on the ceiling of the dining room, characteristic of that period.
Internally, the house is decorated with furniture and household items that combine local craft production with the West European import furniture, especially fashionable in that era. Now, here you can see a permanent museum exhibition, which depicting the life, crafts, fabrics and clothing typical of wealthy Bulgarians from that period.
On the ground floor, there is a vintage photo studio, where tourists and residents of Dryanovo can be photographed dressed in traditional costumes of this region.
According to Bulgarian mythology St Dimitar brings the winter, while St. George – the summer. A folktale presents the saints as twin brothers, St Dimitar being the first born. He rides a red horse and is the master of frost and snow. It is believed that the first snowflakes fall from his white long beard.