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Veliko Tarnovo marks an increase of 40% in tourists on a yearly basis

Investments of more than 7 million leva have been made

vt3Nearly one million tourists have visited the cultural and historical sites of Veliko Tarnovo and the region during the last year. That’s an increase of 40 %, it was announced by the mayor of Veliko Tarnovo. The number of bed places available also marks a rise of 200 beds, due to the fact that two new hotels, five guest houses and also another twelve accommodation establishments have been opened during the past year.The total accommodation capacity now amounts to 6000 beds. For the improvement of tourist infrastructure and for the creating of new attraction sites the Municipality of Veliko Tarnovo has invested over 7 million leva.

Currently new projects are being elaborated; it is hoped that they will be granted funding during the new program period. Under those projects the Shishman’s bath in Asenov quarter will be restored. There are plans for the Museum of Wax Figures to be expanded by a 1000 sqm. Also a new park will be built in the foot of the Tsarevets Hill – bicycle lanes and pedestrian zone will connect the medieval churches in Asenov quarter with the Holy Forty Martyrs church. An artisan street will be set up on Tsarevets Fortress. There will be also a riverside walking track that will go along the picturesque Yantra River near Boris Denev Art Gallery. New parking lots will be built in the Old Town of Veliko Tarnovo – by the churches of Holy Forty Martyrs and St. Dimitar. Architects will discuss the building projects for area where the now demolished Old Military Academy was placed before. Some of the plans provide for the construction of a multifunctional congress centre, a military museum and also an aquarium. It is yet to be decided what exactly will be build there.

Veliko Tarnovo Municipality hopes to attract even more tourist after accomplishing all those projects.

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The Throne from ‘Game of Thrones’ is coming to Veliko Tarnovo

GameofThronesIronThroneThe imposing iron throne from the extremely successful series “Game of Thrones” is arriving in Veliko Tarnovo. Its plot is inspired by ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’, a series of fantasy novels written by American novelist and screenwriter George R. R. Martin. The throne which is built of thousands blades will be situated in the square in front of Tsarevets Fortress. Fans of the TV show and the books will be presented will the opportunity to see the throne and take photos of it. The iconic chair is over 2 meters in height and weights over 100 kgs.

The throne will stay in Veliko Tarnovo for three days – from 6 pm on April, 11th till 1 pm on April, 13th. Everyone is welcome to come and see it; access is free.

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Roman day in Nikopolis ad Istrum on April, 13th

download4The archaeological reserve of Nicopolis ad Istrum will be the scene of large historical re-enactments of life in the Roman Empire; the ruins of the town are located at the village of Nikyup, 20 km north of Veliko Tarnovo. Vestal virgins, legionaries, patricians, noble Romans and a variety of rituals and crafts will come to life among the remains of the ancient town.

The Roman day is part of the Cultural Tourism International Expo. The idea behind the event is to present the changes that were done in the archaeological reserve last summer in front of visitors, travel agents and participants in the fair.  After the changes the place is more friendly and people-oriented. The happening is organized by Tsarevgrad Tarnov Municipal Tourism Agency with the cooperation of Veliko Tarnovo Regional Historical Museum.

Acting troupes from the town of Svishtov will recreate much of the action and battle scenes during the day. The legionaries’ demonstrations will be accompanied by crafts representations like blacksmithing and coin cutting. Visitors at Nicopolis ad Istrum will be presented with the opportunity to shoot a bow and arrow and to try ancient Roman cuisine; a fish soup will be prepared on the spot according to an old authentic recipe.

EW-AM785_reenac_G_20120628114335A Roman wedding will be recreated amidst the remains of the agora. The ancient ritual dating 1500 years back in time will start with a home cleansing dance performed by the vestal virgins.  A theatre group from the community centre in Debelets will re-embody the vestals.

Everyone who is interested in the past of the ancient town is welcomed to join the free guided tours organized by Veliko Tarnovo Regional Historical Museum. This year for the first time there will be picnicking as part of the pastimes activities during the day; a pleasant way to combine a day of rest within a beautiful setting with a journey back in time. The Roman day starts at 10.30 am and entrance is free.

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Green light for the roundabouts in the centre of Veliko Tarnovo

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The cost of the project is 50,000 lv

Veliko Tarnovo approved the new roundabout project in the town centre, in front of Iskra Community Centre. The new traffic organization will comprise of three separate roundabout sections and will also have its own defrosting system that will apply chemicals on command in the winter months.

The project has been developed by a team of experts from the University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy in Sofia.

The new roundabouts will be coordinated with Traffic police requirements; the new traffic organization will be marked and road sign will be erected. There will be no street digging up. The Dutch-style turbo-roundabouts are to be constructed via plastic-and-rubber dividers and separators which are not going to inflict damages on cars in case of contact. The dividers will be phosphorescent and will glow in the night.

There will be three small roundabout sections starting from the Green market to Iskra Community Centre. This way traffic jams that usually occur in that area will be avoided. The innovation is borrowed from Holland and will be the only one of its kind in Bulgaria. After the completion of the project, time spent in traffic will be reduced 5 times. All the vehicles passing through the central part of Veliko Tarnovo will feel the difference. Currently the traffic in the area is the heaviest in the whole town. The implementation of the project should be completed by the autumn.

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Tsarevets Fortress lights up in blue

download (1)Veliko Tarnovo’s Tsarevets Fortress will light up in blue on April, 2nd from 20.04 pm. In this way the town will show its support for people with autism.  The seventh annual World Autism Awareness Day is April 2, 2014. Its aim is to raise awareness of autism on all levels in society.

The initiative is held under the slogan Light It Up Blue and various participant are emblematic buildings and monuments like the iconic statue of Jesus Christ in Rio de Janeiro, Empire State Building in New York, Sydney Opera House and Niagara Falls.

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Veliko Tarnovo joins the Earth Hour Movement

downloadVeliko Tarnovo will participate in the Earth Hour Campaign. Thousands of candles will be lit up on Saturday, 29th March. The event will take place in front of the Music and Drama Theatre Konstantin Kisimov at 20.30 pm.

Everyone is invited to join in and light a candle. The happening will be held under the slogan that we should all care about the Earth and together we should try and make the World a better place. Musicians and dancers are welcomed to perform and create cheerful atmosphere at the event.

During the Earth Hour people from all over the world symbolically turn off the lights in their homes for an hour; famous and significant buildings also become dark. All of that is done as a plea for a more sustainable future and as a symbol of commitment to the planet.

imagesOver 7000 towns and cities in more than 150 countries were engaged in the initiative last year.

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New Paintball Arena near Veliko Tarnovo

20,000 lv are invested in Veliko Tarnovo’s newest attraction

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The first of its kind action centre for the region and Central Northern Bulgaria opened up on Sunday. People from Veliko Tarnovo and the region finally have a place to let steam off  . They can wage pretend battles coping computer games and Hollywood action movies.

The battle field is situated next to Trapezitsa Railway Station, just outside Veliko Tarnovo and includes abandoned industrial halls that are now given new life. There are several action sites with different terrain specifications. The complex will be further expanded and in the near future will also offer other recreational activities such as an Indoor Rope Park.

The creators of the venue wanted to show that besides the profound cultural and historical sites Veliko Tarnovo has to offer, it can be chosen as a sports and recreation destination.

Paintball is extremely popular all over the world. The game is fun and develops different skills. Many companies use the past-time activity to build the team spirit of their employees. The owners of the Paintball Arena said that they will actively encourage children to go and spend some time at the centre as an alternative to simply staying in front of the computers at home.