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Tsarevets Fortress lights up in purple on 17th November

zabelejitelnostiOn November, 17th Tsrevets Fortress will shine in purple, the reason being the World Prematurity Day. Veliko Tarnovo Municipality is participating in the campaign to mark the day to show its support for the families of babies born pre-term. This day is observed each year to raise awareness of pre-term birth and the concerns of premature babies and their families worldwide

On Monday, from 7 pm Tsarevets Fortress is going  to glow in purple for half an hour as a sign of Veliko Tarnovo’s and its citizens’ sympathy for the premature babies and their families and in memory of those who unfortunately lost their battle for life.

Approximately one in 10 of all babies born worldwide are premature. Bulgaria is also part of this grim statistics with premature births reaching 16-17% in some regions.

At the same time some good news came last week – apparently Veliko Tarnovo Municipality is one of 13 regions in Bulgaria with considerable rise in the birth rate. 1023 babies were born so far this year.

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Veliko Tarnovo is the most hospitable region in Bulgaria

hostelThe town won 83 out of a total of 100 points

The international search engine trivago.com specializing in hotel comparison and based in Germany nominated Veliko Tarnovo as the most hospitable town you can stay in Bulgaria.

This high appraisal is based on votes both by native and foreign tourists who visited Veliko Tarnovo. The town scored the most points compared to all the other places that participated in the survey. Hostel Mostel scored 91 points thus taking the very first place. At the beginning of the year the hostel was pronounced the best in Bulgaria by another internet site also. Users had to rate personnel friendliness, price ranges, services included, etc. Continue Reading

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10 non-working days for Christmas and New Year Celebrations

calendarThe government is expected to announce today that 2nd January is also going to be a non-working day, meaning that we’re going to have 5 consecutive non-working days for Christmas and another 5 for the New Year celebrations. So everyone will have enough time to go and visit their friends and family and also plenty of time for eating and drinking as the tradition enjoys.

2nd January 2015 is not an official public holiday but it will be included in this festive time span for a more efficient use of the festive days by merging 31st December (which was already announced a day of rest earlier this year), the official public holiday 1st January 2015 and the following weekend and also so that the work process is not interrupted. 31th December is going to be worked off on 13th December and 2nd January – on 24th January.

24th, 25th and 26th December are official public holidays and this years they are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday which obviously means that the weekend is coming right after them so the only working days available for anything urgent that might come up to be done (and is related to any government institution) are going to be 29th and 30th December. Private businesses are independent and decide on their own if they are going to operate or not.

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New museum in Veliko Tarnovo

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Trapezitsa Hill

It will feature exhibits found during recent excavations. The new museum will be set up behind the South Tower at Trapezitsa Fortress

A Medieval Museum will be opened in Veliko Tarnovo. It will be located on Trapezitsa Hill; the edifice that will accommodate it is already built. It will feature items and exhibits that were discovered in archaeological excavations during recent years. The museum is part of the local authorities’ efforts to restore this hill which has significant place in Bulgarian history and also to popularize it among tourists. The project will cost Veliko Tarnovo Municipality around 750,000 euros.

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Third fest of the Elenski But in the town of Elena

Logo_Elenski_but_crFor the third year in a row the town of Elena is organizing a fest for its renowned delicacy – the Elenski but. The event will take place on Saturday, 25th October, in the town market; the old authentic houses and the cobbled streets covered with fallen leaves are the best interior for such an event. This year things are going to get even bigger – there will be stalls with lots of knick-knacks from the centre and all the way to the upper square. Many local wine producers will also present their wines. Another attraction will be a ride with a phaeton, a characteristic vehicle of old time Elena.

This year the organizers of the event – Elena Municipality, the Local Tourist Council and Rotary Club – have prepared an even more interesting programme than the previous ones. A stage will be set up in the town square where different performers will entertain the guests and citizens of Elena. The show starts at 12 pm and will continue till 8 pm.

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Hadji Nikoli Inn competes in the Emblematic building of Bulgaria 2014 contest

hadjinik5Hadji Nikoli Inn (situated in Veliko Tarnovo) is featured in the on line contest Emblematic buildings of Bulgaria 2014. The initiative is a follow-up from the Building of the year contest; its aim is to popularize significant and legendary building in Bulgaria which have been renovated or restored in recent years and are inseparable part of the Bulgarian cultural and historic heritage.

12 restored and renovated buildings are part of the78_big contest. The site of the initiative presents them all in an easy user friendly interactive way; site visitors can read lots of ingesting fact, see 360° videos of the buildings and of course vote for their favourite. The one with the most votes will be declared the Emblematic building of the year 2014.

Hadji Nikoli Inn was built in 1858 – 1862 by the ingenious master builder Kolyo Ficheto for the wealthy merchant Hadji Nikola Minchev (Hadji Nikoli). At the time most buildings were predominantly made of wood and the newly-built inn stood out with its splendour and magnificence. Another reason why is it so cherished today is that it’s the only inn in Veliko Tarnovo that has remained intact up to nowadays – there were 70 inns in 1877.

Hadji Nikoli Inn of Veliko Tarnovo is a uniqueVZ_HHN_15 masterpiece of the monumental architecture dating back to the late Renaissance period in Bulgaria. It is declared a cultural monument of national significance. The unique Hadji Nikoli Inn was brought back to life in 2010 following a long and thorough restoration. It has preserved its authentic character but with a modern twist. Hadji Nikoli Inn opened its doors for visitors and guests in March 2010 and quickly turned into a major cultural centre. The Complex of Hadji Nikoli Inn now comprises several exhibition halls and an Art gallery, a restaurant with differently decorated lounges and a garden, a coffee shop and a wine-bar.

If you want to cast your vote and help Hadji Nikoli Inn win you can do it here:

http://emblematichnitesgradi.com/en/vote.php