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Frescoes in the Preobrazhenski Monastery are to be restored for the first time in more than 99 years

Преображенски манастирThe Ministry of culture allocated almost 20 000 euro for the restoration of the wall paintings in the renowned Preobrazhenski Monastery. The frescoes take up 14 sqm and are to be restored for the first time since 1915. They were painted by Zahari Zograf between 1849 and 1851; the artist is considered the most famous Bulgarian painter of the Bulgarian National Revival period and is widely known for his icons and church mural paintings. The monastery was founded in the 14 century but it was completely destroyed during the Ottoman rule. In 1832 the Turkish Sultan gave his permission for a new church to be built in the place of the old monastery. Kolyo Ficheto (the most notable master builder of that time) completed the church in 1834. Continue Reading

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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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Sports complex near Ksilifor with European funding

The project is to cover 30,000 sqm of land

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The lake at Ksilifor

Sports complex for 4 million leva is to be set up near Veliko Tarnovo right after the opening of the new European funding programmes. The plot where the future recreational centre is to be build is owned by a Veliko Tarnovo based tourist union which is the oldest one in Bulgaria. The project is developed by an architect and is so detailed that is takes up 15 thick file folders. It is one of its kind in North Central Bulgaria and will render the Ksilifor area an enticing centre for sports activities and cultural and eco-tourism.

There will be football pitches, tennis, basketball and volleyball courts, climbing walls and even a small ski track. Different size swimming pools will also be available as well as Water Attractions Park. There will be enough car parks to accommodate all the visitors’ vehicles. The roads to Ksilifor and the infrastructure of the region are also to be updated. The mountain hostel is to be renovated and the adjoining lake will be cleaned. The lake itself will be transformed to accommodate boats and pedal boats; picnic areas will be set up along the shore line. Continue Reading

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Role Trapezitsa in the EC protected products register

The European Commission approved the inclusion of a Bulgarian food product in the register of Traditional Speciality Guaranteed, concerning foods with traditional and specific character. The meat delicacy has been granted Protected Geographical Status under European Union law. The aim of the scheme is to protect the reputation of regional products, promote traditional product and eliminate non-genuine production, which may deceive consumers or be of inferior quality. Role Trapezitsa will find its place among 1200 other protected products.Lukanka

The name of the delicacy is derived from the name of the historical hill of Trapezitsa in Veliko Tarnovo, the old capital of Bulgaria.  Role Trapezitsa is a pressed, raw dry-cured meat product prepared from pork and a mixture of salt and natural seasoning stuffed into a casing made of bovine blind gut or collagen and netting and bound with twine. The meat is tender and succulent, with pleasant savoury taste. Many of the local meat processing companies have this speciality in their produce portfolios. Continue Reading

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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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A foreign investor shows interest in Gorna Oryahovitsa Airport

airA foreign investment company, which wants to stay anonymous for the time being, shows interest in the international airport at Gorna Oryahovitsa, near Veliko Tarnovo. A representative of the firm, the name of which is shrouded in mystery, has already visited the airport on a couple of occasions. The last viewing of the grounds took place a month ago. At this stage the only thing known for sure is the potential investor is an airport operator represented on key airports around the world. Continue Reading