The official date on which we celebrate the day of Veliko Tarnovo is March, 22nd. The date is related to the victory of Tsar Ivan Asen II over the ruler of the Despotate of Epirus, Theodore Komnenos Doukas, in the battle of Klokotnitsa (near the nowadays town of Haskovo). The battle in which the Bulgarian tsar defeated and captured Theodore Komnenos took place on the 22 March 1230.
US sporting goods giant Nike released tennis shoes with the colours of the Bulgarian flag. The company is the sponsor of the Bulgarian tennis star Grigor Dimitrov; this was the reason for Nike to come up with the idea for sports shoes in white, green and red. It is expected that the trainers will be worn by Dimitrov during his next tournament.
The renowned Tsarevets Fortress in Veliko Tarnovo now has an operating audio information system, it was announced by the Regional History Museum. People visiting the Fortress can now learn about upcoming exhibitions at the museum, sites opening hours, places to visit and various events in VT. The system is operating both in Bulgarian and English; it will also be giving general safety advice to adhere to while visiting the Tsarevets Fortress. On opening and closing times the Veliko Tarnovo hymn will be played over the audio system – that is the Shishman song (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ndu3xs11I_E). The Tsarevgrad Tarnov Municipal Tourist Agency is planning to include few more language options based on analyses made on the tourist flow visiting the place. The system comprises of 50 audio stations, mounted across the Tsarevets Hill. The network was built under an Enhancement of Tourist Attractions and Related Infrastructure Scheme funded by Regional Development Operational Programme.
The first design for a covered bridge spanning over the Yantra River is now ready and was approved at a meeting held by the Yantra Bridge – Asenevtsi Initiative Committee. The ambitious undertaking was announced last year and it quickly captured the public attention. The author of the idea, Martin Pavlov, said that he was convinced the project would be implemented by the end of 2020. The author of the first design is Suzana Pencheva, a student in Veliko Tarnovo University Faculty of Art.
An article published in yesterday’s issue of Yantra Dnes Newspaper says that the property market in Veliko Tarnovo is starting to feel the pressure of a different crisis – there are no more properties left which can meet clients’ demands. The article also points that people are now oriented towards buying fully-furnished and equipped newly-built apartments. The demand is highest for 1- and 2-bedroom apartments. Clients are willing to give more than 40,000 euro if such an apartment meets their criteria. However these are the properties which are hardest to be found these days. The market is starved for good-quality apartments and they are nowhere in sight.