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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After the coins are minted and enter circulation the old, worn and dirty two leva notes will be withdrawn.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

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Honey feast in the town of Elena

honeyThe first Honey feast in the town of Elena will take place on July, 26th at the town’s square. The festival is held under the slogan ‘Honey conversations in Elena style’ and starts at 10.30 am this Saturday.

Many folklore singers and musicians as well as dance formations will take part in the celebrations. Visitors will be presented with the opportunity to learn interesting facts for honey, honey products and bees. Continue Reading

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Veliko Tarnovo makes a bid to be declared UNESCO World Heritage Centre

10345578_10154180591265584_2624681337197685432_nVeliko Tarnovo will give its best to be declared a town under the protection of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The Mayor of the Old capital Daniel Panov confirmed that all the paperwork has already been submitted and the town hopes for the personal support of the Director-General of UNESCO Irina Bokova, who is a Bulgarian. The town put forward its candidature in two categories – world cultural heritage site and world natural heritage site. The other Bulgarian towns under the auspices of UNESCO are Plovdiv, Nesebar and Sozopol.

 If Veliko Tarnovo receives the stamp of approval for the category Group of Monuments the Old capital of Bulgaria will secure protection for Saints Peter and Paul, St. Dimitar, and St. George churches and their unique frescoes. The same applies to the temples of St. George and Saints Archangel Michael and Gabriel and the Church of the Nativity. The three of the them are located in Arbanasi and were built in the Middle Ages. The second category – Cultural landscape – will feature the four hills on which the town spreads and the meanders of Yantra River, characteristics that render it unique.

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