The villages are appealing with the peace and tranquillity they provide
The renewed growing tendency of people buying houses in the villages of Belyakovets and Malki Chiflik is taking hold of other nearby villages like Shemshevo and Prisovo. Villages in Veliko Tarnovo regions draw like magnets wealthier buyersand not only them. The unique charm of the villages and their peace and tranquillity are tempting to future home owners. Once part of the local community people quickly fall in love with the enchanting Bulgarian settlements. They even start contributing towards the better image of their village – fixing side walks, doing some voluntary gardening or donating small sums to local churches and landmarks.
The so-called villa zone of Malki Chiflik is now greater than the village itself. The houses in the village are around 170, and the ones in the villa zone – 200. This area is very attractive; the number of applications for building permits is growing with each day. The urban plan for development of Veliko Tarnovo envisions an expansion of the town in the direction of the village. Due to the increased interest house prices are now exceeding 20 – 25,000 euro.
The village of Mindya annually holds a rock fest. The event is organized by the notable political commentator Evgeni Daynov who owns a house in the village. He came up with the idea in 2009. 16 bands will perform in this year’s edition of the rock fest. Mindya Rock Fest 2014 will be a three-day event taking place at the end of August – 28th, 29th and 30th.
The rock fest will welcome foreign performers for the first time this year, namely guest groups from Turkey and Serbia. The audience at the concerts will hear some nice blues and rock music. For a second year in a row Mindya Rock Fest will present rising bands which are to compete for the prize to record a song for free in a professional studio. The music event is a part of Veliko Tarnovo Municipality official cultural programme from 2012.
One of the most famous violinists in the world Vasko Vassilev will stage a concert at Veliko Tarnovo Summer Theatre on 30th August. The show is part of the brilliant musician’s national tour which will make stops in six Bulgarian towns. The Concert Master of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House has opted to play only film scores in his Cinema Concertos.
The violin player will be accompanied on the stage by the two-time Ice Dance World Champion Albena Denkova. She will dance to the music of Libertango as Vasko Vassilev plays the composition of Ástor Piazzolla. Recently she won the Bulgarian edition of Dancing with the Stars and will treat the public to a dance show to be remembered.
The show kicks off on August, 30th at 8 pm. Tickets cost 20 to 50 lv and can be bought on line.
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
A 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.
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.
The 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.
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.
The 25-seat glass elevator is manufactured in Italy and costs 2.5 million leva
An inclined lift which will take tourists up on Trapezitsa Hill has been installed and is currently undergoing last technical adjustments and tests. The tests should be completed by the beginning of August and the lift will then have to be approved by a specially appointed commission.
The cabin seats 25 people. It weighs 55 tons and is made of glass so tourists can enjoy the spectacular view which is reviewed from the hill. The lift is made in Italy and costs 2.5 million leva. The track is 124 m long and the maximum speed will be 1.6 m/sec. The lift will take off at a special stop near the old Trapezitsa railway stop and will raise its passengers up 65 meters to a point in the western part of the historic hill where two decades ago archaeologist discovered the remnants of a 40 meters long defensive walls from XIII century.
Currently there are archaeological excavations going on at the hill so it will be some time before tourists take to use the lift. Also the reconstruction of the ramparts and the infrastructure of the tourist area have to be completed before the lift starts operating.
Veliko 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.