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Dog kennels for 250 dogs will be opened near Veliko Tarnovo in June

dogs61Municipality funded dog kennels will be opened near Veliko Tarnovo in June. They will host up to 250 canines. The construction of the kennels is expect to cost 100,000 euro . The premises are currently being finished – more shelters are being erected; each dog will have a doghouse of its own the shelters.

Six people will take care of the dogs once the place starts running – a veterinary doctor who will double as a manager and 5 dog carers. The premises were carefully chosen so that it conforms to the established requirements such as humane animal treatment, close proximity to town but at the same time distant enough so that the noise doesn’t cause inconvenience to the public. The kennels are hosted in a wooded area and have live guard.

The annual budget of kennels is set on 30,000 euro. Sick and aggressive stray dogs will be the first to be collected off the streets; they will be treated at the animal infirmary at the premises. Dogs will not be castrated though. Frequent adoption campaigns will be held and the kennels will also have a Facebook page.

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Veliko Tarnovo High Street to be reconstructed

images (53)A major renovation of Veliko Tarnovo High Street has been schedules for the spring according to a local newspaper. The last time any improvements were done was more than half a century ago. Reconstruction works will span from the Central Post Office all the way to the Farmers’ Market. The street has sound and solid foundation and that’s why it lasted so long considering that it was built in the time of socialism; so initial estimations show that fixing the street won’t cost that much – only 100,000 euro. The plan of Veliko Tarnovo Municipality to close off the street for vehicles and convert it into a pedestrians-only promenade is now completely abandoned. Beside the street itself the sidewalks will also be redone. The reconstruction is expected to be completed within 2-3 months of its initiation. Continue Reading

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More info leaking on the Gorna Oryahovitsa Airport

bg_AirThe secretive investor willing to operate the Gorna Oryahovitsa airport, near Veliko Tarnovo, was disclosed to be an American. The foreigner wants to run the airfield for the next 35 years. The investor owns the Geri Holding Company operating primarily in Italy.

The businessman deposited his investment plan last October; reportedly he will put 14 million euro towards the airport and will open between 350 and 400 new jobs. The newly employed staff will undergo training and will acquire the needed qualification in Italy. The investor is said to intend to set up an aircraft maintenance and repairs hangar.

The American entrepreneur also shows interest in agricultural land around Polikraishte where, according to the leaked information, he will built greenhouses and will export the ready produce with his own planes. Cargo flights will be in the focus of the new airport concessioner as well.

The managing team at the airport confirmed that representatives of the Italian company have visited the airport to collect up-to date information about the state of the airport.

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Is the airport in Gorna Oryahovitsa finally coming true?

bg_AirThere is a concessioner willing to operate the Gorna Oryahovitsa airport, it was announced by the chairman of the parliamentary group of the ruling party GERB, Tvetan Tsvetanov, who was elected from Veliko Tarnovo region. The local press centre for the party announced that a letter-initiative from the investor was received in the Ministry of Transport.

According to the information the Transport Minister Ivaylo Moskovski said that the investment plan has been analysed thoroughly and it contains all the necessary elements and activities for a successful development of the airport. Continue Reading

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Liverpool FC Youth Team is coming to Veliko Tarnovo

download (6)The renowned English football club Liverpool is sending his youth formation to take part in the second edition of an International kids’ football tournament which will be held in Veliko Tarnovo. Last year the first edition of the event marked the 90th anniversary of the foundation of the Veliko Tarnovo based Etar FC.

The tournament will take place in Veliko Tarnovo from May, 12th till May, 17th and will be staged in three age groups – born after 1st January 2000, 2001 and 2003. Liverpool will participate in the born after 1st January 2000 group. There will be 6 teams in each age division, among them Etar, the last year winner CSKA, Liverpool FC, and other foreign teams.

1e5-B5Oj1jj0LCDtiw2BcABeside the cup and the medals the winners in the tournament will also receive a special prize. If the club which finished first is a Bulgarian one it will visit an Italian Serie A match; if the winning team is foreign it will visit the match for the Bulgarian Super Cup at the tournament organizers’ expenses and it also play friendly matches here.

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Three Bulgarian historical sites to be restored with state funding

e593ea5a9075b912f34d32379c6c29f6_bigThe Cabinet will grant funding for the restoration of three important tourist sites in Bulgaria. The cash is to come from the Ministry of Culture. The Prime Minister Boyko Borisov came up with the idea after sites which were restored with state money proved to be very successful attracting tourist and visitors. Among them are Belchin, Tsarevets, Perperikon and Sozopol.

One of these places which will benefit from the financing is the palace of the Asenevtsi Dynasty in Veliko Tarnovo. It was recently discovered that the palace was not situated on Tsarevets Hill but on Trapezitsa.

Ivan Asen II (1218–1241) moved the tsar residency to a new place, likely because he decided that Tsarevets was cursed (the four tsars who ruled Bulgaria from 1185 to 1218 were violently killed there).

The restoration project, which strictly complies with the archaeological remnants of the palace standing today at 6-8 m height, is now deposited at the National Historical Museum. The Asenevtsi Fortress span at 660 sqm and was a typical feudal palace built by the brothers Asen and Petar and used during their reign at the time of the Second Bulgarian Tsardom.

After the restoration is complete Veliko Tarnovo will have one more tourist site to boast with.

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Veliko Tarnovo is to be at the centre of the commemorations marking the 830th anniversary of the Uprising of Asen and Petar

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Tsar Asen I ans Tsar Petar II

The old capital of Bulgaria, Veliko Tarnovo, is to host the national celebrations commemorating the 830th anniversary of the Uprising of Asen and Petar (The Uprising of Asen and Peter was a revolt caused by a tax increase. It began on 26 October 1185 and ended with the formation of the Second Bulgarian Empire, ruled by the Asen dynasty).  Patron of the events will be the Bulgarian prime-minister Boyko Borisov. The regional historical museum will set up an exhibition dedicated to the uprising and its commemoration; it will feature all the gold hoards which is are owned by the town. The show will be located in the Archaeological Museum and among some of the items presented will be The Gold Hoard of Hotnitsa, the rings of Tsar Kaloyan and Dobroslav and valuable frescoes and icons previously not shown to the public. Newly founded gold artefacts unearthed at the excavations at Trapezitsa Hill and in Frenhisar and Asenov quarters will also be available to see.

The celebrations will start in October and will be held in Asenov neighbourhood – at Dimitar Solunski Church and the few more which are located there and are declared scheduled ancient monuments. There will be also a street march and historical re-enactment of the event which happed 830 years ago. Movies related to the uprising will also be shown and the University of Veliko Tarnovo will hold a science conference.

There will also be free guided sightseeing tours along some of the most interesting places and historical sites in Veliko Tarnovo. These walks are also conducted during other historically important dates in the calendar like 3rd March, 22nd March, 7th July and 22nd September.