Southeastern Film Festival SEE a Paris will be held in Veliko Tarnovo from the 21st to 23rd February. The event is a part of the project “Veliko Tarnovo region – a candidate for European Cultural Capital 2019”.
The guest festival will present 7 feature films from Montenegro, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Turkey, Croatia and Bulgaria. The movies are among the winners of the SEE a Paris held in Paris last May.
SEE a Paris is a special attempt of the 12 Southeastern European countries to contribute to the cultural heritage and unity of Europe. The festival was founded by the University of Audiovisual Arts, ESRA Paris-Skopje-New York and features movies, shorts, documentaries and animated films from the Balkans.
The Roman Town Nove
The ancient Roman town of Nove will be restored, according to Svishtov Municipality officials. The restoration project is funded by the EU Operational Programme Regional Development. The archaeological site is an hour away from the Old Bulgarian Capital Veliko Tarnovo and 4 km from Svishtov.
The charming town of Svishtov is situated at the southernmost point of the Danube, and boast with beautiful Bulgarian houses and traditional Bulgarian properties (you can browse our Yantra Homes catalogue for Svishtov Properties here).
Project aims to boost tourism in Svishtov, which is why the renovation works at the site also include the building of an open air-stage where Roman military re-enactments, competitions and plays will take place.
The project, named “Nove – The Heart of the Legion”, is also aimed at conserving and restoring the ruins, as well as improving the overall infrastructure at and to the site.
The Ancient site of Nove was declared an architectural monument of national importance in 1968. For several years now, it has also served as an open air venue for the Festival of Ancient Heritage, during which one can enjoy re-enactments of ancient Roman and Greek battles as described by Greek and Romans authors and historians.
The project is expected to be completed in 24 months.
This is how Nove is expected to look like
Veliko Tarnovo is competing to be the best place to live in Bulgaria. The poll is organised by a national radio and a daily.
The best city to live is determined by a national survey. For a month and a half, the 2 media outlets will be gathering all sorts of information about the living quality and standards in towns all over Bulgaria.
Criteria such as investments, bicycle lanes, number of kindergartens, stray dogs, unemployment rates, sports facilities, parking issues, free Wi-Fi from a total of 29 will be taken into consideration
27 regional towns are participating in the battle for the best city to live. Naturally, the city with the highest number of votes will receive a special prize. Veliko Tarnovo has been voted “most beautiful Bulgarian town” for 2008 and 2010!
Currently the town is in the top 10, beating the capital which is ranked 21st!
Veliko Tarnovo municipality has updated its latest Town and Country Development Plan (TCDP)
Veliko Tarnovo Town council will meet regarding the town and country plan
According to the Bulgarian Law on spatial planning and overall development in the municipality the general structure of the regional plan and overwhelming use of its constituent structural parts being; location and boundaries of urban areas, farmland, forests, protected areas, contaminated areas and those with special and mixed use.
The TCDP gives general regimes for each of these areas with targets, measures and requirements for conservation use, building and development, identify networks and technical infrastructure facilities and areas with perhaps predictable natural disasters and necessary preventive measures and ways of planning and protection.
TCDP development for the municipality of Veliko Tarnovo has been done since 2006 adopted by the Town Council in April 2007. A preliminary draft TCDP was ready in 2008 and adopted by Town Council in 2009. In 2010 after a commission, an opinion needed to be sought on the environmental assessment . There have been meetings and coordination with environmental organisations, the guild of architects, the road agency, the Regional Directorate of Forestry, Water, Energy, National Institute of immovable cultural heritage, businesses, mayors and deputy mayors.
If you are looking for a rural retreat located in a magical area, monastery towns in Bulgaria are great for that. Take a look at our pick of Bulgarian properties near a monastery hotspot, such as Dryanovo.
Bulgaria’s Orthodox religious beliefs are ingrained into the country’s rich cultural and historical heritage with around 120 monasteries hidden in remote mountains, surrounded by panoramic scenery and terrific natural setting. Each monastery is unique with its own intriguing history and architectural legacy.
Dryanovo is also situated at the northern foot of the Balkans near Gabrovo. It lies in a picturesque gorge close to the Dryanovo River, about 4 km away from the fascinating Dryanovo Monastery, which was established by two rebel bolyars from the former Bulgarian capital Veliko Tarnovo.
The monastery provided shelter to many monks during the 14th century, however and the beginning of the 15th century, the monastery was destroyed by invading Ottoman troops. Later, in the 17th century, it was reconstructed to its present state. Its single nave was partly buried underground. The monastery became a religious and cultural centre boasting one of the largest and best preserved cloisters in the Veliko Turnovo region and today it as amongst Bulgaria’s most visited tourist sites.
Prices for renovated Bulgarian houses in this area stand at around the average for the whole country at 38,000 euros. You can still pick up a renovation bargain here for around 7,500 euros. Feel free to have a look at our Dryanovo Properties