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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

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Citizens of Veliko Tarnovo will enjoy the Christmas season in Viennese style

9193009-largeCitizens of Veliko Tarnovo will be able to live the magic of the Viennese Christmas spirit. The Vienna Classic Orchestra and its renowned conductor Daniel Kavatsa will perform for the first time ever in Bulgaria. The concert in Veliko Tarnovo will be held on December, 5th. The orchestra was founded to conserve and recreate the beauty of Viennese classical music.

All the musicians gave graduated in Vienna and are part of the Vienna Philharmonic and some of the best orchestras around the world. The Philharmonic orchestra is widely renowned and some of the places it has performed include Royal Albert Hall in London and Olympia Hall in Paris.

The concert programme will comprise of two parts. The first part will feature masterpieces by Mozart and during the second one the audience will be delighted with plays by Strauss. The soprano Judith Halasz will sing in both sections. A ballet will transform music to life on stage with their exquisite moves.

The concert in Veliko Tarnovo will start at 8 pm at Vasil Levski Sports and Culture Hall. Tickets are on sale from tomorrow. The price range is from 40 to 100 lv.

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Abandoned motel by Veliko Tarnovo to be transformed into a spa gem

1.2 million leva is to be invested in the complex

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The unsightly Opalchenska street

A real spa gem near Veliko Tarnovo is currently under construction it was announced by the Chief Architecture of Veliko Tarnovo Municipality. The building which operated as a motel in the past is located at the end of Opalchenska street (the one starting from Yantra Hotel towards the village of Samovodene). The process of reconstruction is in the final stages and soon will be completed. The edifice was previously used also a kids vacation camp. It took almost a year for the new owners of the place to coordinate their project with the requirements of the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works.

The motel is totally transformed. The whole complex spans at 2,500 sqm and comprises of a bar, a restaurant seating more than 100 people, a hotel with 30 rooms, a spa centre and a swimming centre. The local authorities are contributing towards the project due to their aim to develop this part of the down and make it more appealing as currently it is in a pretty bad state. The street is also to be repaired soon.

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Bulgarian National Bank to introduce a two leva coin

coinFrom the beginning of 2015 a coin will replace the Bulgarian note with the smallest denomination, it was announced in the newspapers today. The information is said to be disclosed by sources close to the Bulgarian National Bank. The coin will feature a portrait of Paisiy Hilendarski.

The project is now ready and it bears a very close resemblance to the note design. The new coin design was developed by experts from the Mint at the request of the Central Bank. The coin will be bi-metallic; it will consist of a centre made of yellow metal and an outer ring of steel-coloured metal. It will be also slightly larger than the one leva coin.

After the coins are minted and enter circulation the old, worn and dirty two leva notes will be withdrawn. However two leva notes will continue to be legal tender, it was made clear by BNB.

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Nikyup – an ancient Roman town with a strong liking for watermelons

The people of the village boast not only with the remnants of the ancient Roman town of Nicopolis ad Istrum but also with the mass production of tasty watermelons

melonA village with ancient history is striving to turn the Bulgarian watermelon into a national symbol. The village of Nikyup, in Veliko Tarnovo district, is proud not only that the ancient town of Nicopolis ad Istrum once stood in the same location as the nowadays village but also with the mass production of the sweet fruit. Each summer the village hosts the Watermelon fete which attracts thousands of people. The mayor of Nikyup came up with the idea of a village organization based on the love towards the tasty summer treat. Nikyup and three more villages will make a union which will organize tours in all the Bulgarian settlements which have similar watermelon celebrations.fest2

The numerous foreign tourists who come to see Nicopolis ad Istrum each year will also find out why the locals take such a pride in watermelons when they taste the sweetest watermelons they have ever tried. The ancient Roman town itself is one of the most preserved in Eastern Europe and is just 2 km away from the village. The aim of the Mayor is to develop local rural and village tourism through the historical and cultural heritage of the Nikyup.

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New viewing deck in Veliko Tarnovo

10547455_712999348760498_2990555850012195303_nThe realization of one of the most spectacular and attractive projects that has come up out of the 34th European Architecture Students Assembly, which is currently under way in Veliko Tarnovo, was started yesterday. The steel framing of the panoramic platform called Sky walk was mounted yesterday with the help of a crane truck.

The original idea belonging to architecture students participating in the Assembly envisions a viewing deck protruding beyond the line of the building façades on Stefan Stambolov str. This way people standing on it will have a 180° panoramic view.  The Old Town, Boruna Park (where the Asenevtsi Monument is) and Yantra River with its winding meanders will be seen in a new way as never before.10577104_712999288760504_3759435023033869292_n

The platform will be a very tempting place for filming video clips and taking pictures of the magnificent Veliko Tarnovo with its authentic tiered houses and unique terrain layout. The viewing deck will fit one person at a time at its foremost point and will be secured with 1.2 m high railings.10352325_712999312093835_7738162763088136253_n