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Night of the Museums for the 11th time in Veliko Tarnovo

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The Holy Forty Martyrs Church

The Regional History Museum in Veliko Tarnovo is taking part and organizing The Night of Museums and Galleries initiative for 11th year in a row. This year the event will take place on 15th May, Friday, the venue being the Middle Ages churches located at the foot of Tsarevets Fortress; this year’s edition will be dedicated to the 830th anniversary of the Uprising of the Asen and Petar.

The Church of Saints Petar and Paul will be open for free visits from 5 pm till 1 am; guides on the site will be telling about the history of the church to everyone. The Church of St Demetrius of Thessaloniki and The Holy Forty Martyrs Church and the Great Lavra Monastery will be available from 7.30 pm onwards; entrance is again free. Continue Reading

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Free books in exchange for your plastic waste

624-400-kniga-izkustvoThe third edition of the Free Books for Your Plastic Waste Campaign is going to be held in Veliko Tarnovo this year. Sofia and Plovdiv already saw the event happening with huge success – more than 7 tonnes of waste was collected and more than 4200 books given away. The campaign will take place on 23rd May, Saturday, from 10 am onwards; the venue will be Mall Veliko Tarnovo.

All you need to do is hand in 1 kg of plastic waste and in return you will receive a voucher for a free book. If you bring 2 kg of plastic you will get 2 vouchers. A third voucher will be not given no matter of the quantity of the rubbish you have. All the plastic waste will be safely disposed of and recycled by the largest packaging recovery organization in Bulgaria – Ecopack.

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The Fourth Sheep Breeders’ Fair to take place near Arbanasi

12-05-18-74668340 exhibitors are expected to present the finest of their animals, farming machinery and crafts at the coming Fourth Sheep Breeders’ Fair. It will take place at the Petropavlovski monastery, near Arbanasi from 8th to 10th May. The fair is one of its kind in Europe and is expected to attract participators from more than 13 countries. Organizers are promising lots of events and good mood during the three days. Two stages will be set up; they will host a number of concerts and events. There will be also a many competitions, among which sheering and milking contests, dog exhibition, cooking shows and oil wrestling. Continue Reading

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Second egg fete in pavlikeni

12-03-30-78761Cooking contest, concert, competitions as well as souvenir stalls and many attractions will be featured in the coming Egg Feast which is being organized by Pavlikeni Municipality for a second year in a row. The one of its kind fête drew a lot of attention last year and is promising to be just as successful this year. It will be held on May, 1st with events starting from 10.00 am. Co-organizer of the fest will be the local Haipro egg factory which will provide more than 3600 eggs for the day.

The feast will last more than 12 hours and it will be held under the slogan One egg – many ways. According to Pavlikeni’s Mayor, Emanuil Manolov, last year the event gathered more than 3000 people in the town’s square. This year he’s promising even more fun, contests and of course prizes.

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Wondering where to buy a property? Veliko Tarnovo is the most sought-after area in Bulgaria

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Veliko Tarnovo from above

Veliko Tarnovo area is currently proving to be the hottest destination in Bulgaria for buying a new property. The data was released by real estate agencies based in the town and is based on market trends for the first trimester of the year.

The data also shows that there is a growing demand for homes built or redone with high-quality materials and offering impeccable living conditions; they are generally wanted for permanent residence but also for weekend retreats from the hustle and bustle of big cities. Their close proximity to Veliko Tarnovo would also mean that all the convenience and variety of a town nearby with all the shopping and all the options for entertainment and indulgence you could crave area available just a stone’s throw away.

Attractive, ready to move in houses are highly sought after with deals completing between 40,000 and 60,000 euro. Interest is both from Bulgarians and foreigners, mostly British nationals. Russians are also a factor on the real estate market and their numbers are slowly increasing.

It was also pointed out that there is high interest in cheap houses for renovation too. The average agreed selling price for countryside properties in Veliko Tarnovo area is 41 750 euro which is three times the national levels. The housing market in the area is stable, marking a slight but steady increase.

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Veliko Tarnovo – the most beautiful town built on sheer slopes

DSC_0019We have long known that Veliko Tarnovo is probably amongst the most unique towns all over the world and now it was officially confirmed. Veliko Tarnovo topped a chart for the most beautiful towns ever built on sheer slopes which was recently published in the Italian newspaper La Repubblica. The magnitude of this first place is proven by the towns left behind by the old Bulgarian capital – Meteora and Santorini (Greece), Ronda (Spain), Rocamadour (France), Riomaggiore, Vernazza and Civita di Bagnoregio (Italy), Piodao (Portugal), Wadi Dawan (Yemen) are a few to name among others.

The paper calls the selected locations jewels of architecture and pieces of treasure. It also notes how hard it must have been for the towns to be built and points the constant drive of humanity to conquer Nature. The Italians also state that Veliko Tarnovo, along with the rest of the towns, is even more picturesque when seen in person and its charm stays vividly in one’s mind long after the encounter.

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The Old Post Office and Trapezitsa Railway Station – museums?

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The Old Post Office

Despite their potential both buildings are abandoned

Veliko Tarnovo filed an official request requiring for the ownership of two symbolic edifices to be passed from the state into the hands of the Municipality. The buildings in question are the Old Post Office at the beginning of Samovodskata Charshia and Trapezitsa Railway Station. Both are intrinsically related with the history of Bulgaria and Veliko Tarnovo. The local authorities rely that the government will take the idea in good part and grant the possession of the properties. The Post Office couldn’t be sold on three occasions. Investors are not interested due to the lack of parking which means it can be converted into a hotel or a shopping centre. The Mayor’s idea is to turn it into a Contemporary Arts Museum, which Veliko Tarnovo lacks, or a place where artists and craftsmen can practice their trades and display their works. Continue Reading