The Independence of Bulgaria (celebrated just two days ago) from the Ottoman Empire was proclaimed on 5 October (22 September old style date) 1908 in the old Bulgarian capital Veliko Tarnovo by Prince (Knyaz) (afterwards Tsar) Ferdinand of Bulgaria.
Few people know that the historical events related to the Bulgarian Independence start from Trapezitsa station in Veliko Tarnovo. According to historical accounts, in the early morning of 22 September, Ferdinand takes his last steps as a prince in this station. Minutes later, he assumes the title of tsar as the head of an independent state. The royal train stops at the train station, without anyone knowing, because the tsar liked surprises. He then gets off the train unnoticed and walks to St. 40 Martyrs Church.
Tarnovians had placed a patriotic plaque to commemorate the event, which now, 105 years later, no longer exists and this beautiful building is left to decay. The hand painted inscriptions on the stones cannot be read and hardly anyone knows that this place marks the beginning of the Bulgarian Independence.
Currently, there are plans of transforming the station into a virtual museum. The municipality is to acquire and renovated the property, which is built in North German Style. This is one of the initiatives regarding the candidacy of Veliko Tarnovo for European Capital of Culture.
Asenevtsi Monument and Boruna
Veliko Tarnovo has serious potential and chances to win the title of European Capital of Culture in 2019. The city has the opportunity to become a centre for development of street art and the art of wrapping monuments among. This is the opinion expressed by Hanna Payer from the University of Applied Sciences in Krems, Austria, published in the VT Municipality website.
She has written a master’s thesis on the application of Veliko Tarnovo for European Capital of Culture. For her research, she has conducted detailed interviews with the heads of the 10 of the most successful applicant cities, which have already been European Capitals of Culture (ECC). Austria has twice been part of the project – Graz was ECC in 2003, and Linz in 2009.
Hanna has decided to share the Austrian experience in the application of Veliko Tarnovo 2019. Her findings, results and conclusions from the research are at the disposal of the Old Bulgarian Capital. According to her, the chances of Veliko Tarnovo are great, as the city has great untapped potential. Hannah was impressed by the fact that application of Veliko Tarnovo is not focused on all the objects related to the history of the city and is focused on organizing various events to attract young people from around the world.
She is visiting VT to present the European project for the conservation of cultural heritage. A team of leading experts from three universities in Germany and Austria are gathered here for the initiative called “Cult tour – cultural (garden) heritage as a focal point for sustainable tourism “. A total of three green areas / gardens are included in the project – a 16-century Baroque garden in Sibiu, Romania; a park in Alexadroupolis, Greece, built in 1960 and restored 20 years later; and the Asenevtsi Monument and the belonging green space called Boruna.
Gurko Street in Veliko Tarnovo
Gurko Street is one of the most picturesque streets in Veliko Tarnovo with its traditional houses built during the Revival Period. Authentic buildings are clustered tightly together, as if cascaded, overlooking the Yantra River.
When you look up you see Bulgarian houses and roofs, perched on the steep slope and if you look down, you can see the Yantra meandering below and around the Sveta Gora Hill, the Boris Denev Gallery and the glorious Asenevtsi Monument. Gurko is a unique place where nature merges with the architectural beauty of the city.
Gurko Street and the Varusha Quarter have maintained the traditional concepts for beauty, warmth and homeliness from the Revival Period. You can still see house windows decorated with lovely pots of flowers, ivy creeping on walls, vines planted on every inch of available land. The street is decorated with cheshmi (plural for a type of outside public tap) and street-lights that illuminate houses, passers-by and stone-paved streets.
The only national festival for open-air classical music “Fortissimo Fest” visits Veliko Tarnovo on 7 September today. The concert is part of the summer tour “Music under the stars” and starts at 20:30 in the recently renovated Summer Theatre.
Conducted by Maxim Ashkenazi, the concert programme includes three parts – classical music, folklore, jazz, film music and contemporary classical music. Soloists are Svetling Rusev with his Stradivarius violin, Neli Andreeva from Philip Koutev folklore ensemble, Georgi Andreev – gadulka (traditional Bulgarian string instrument), Petar Bodurov – bagpipe, together with Ruse Philharmonic Orchestra. They will perform works by Glinka, Saint-Saens, Brahms, Pancho Vladigerov, Georgi Andreev and blockbuster film music by John Williams – “Star Wars”, “Superman”, “Indiana Jones” and others. Entrance is free.
„Fortissimo Fest” is a classical music open air festival, founded in 2010 by Maxim Ashkenazi with the support of America for Bulgaria Foundation. The philosophy of the festival is based on the ambition to cross the boundary between elite art and the general public. Its long term goal is to bring classical music and symphony closer to more and more Bulgarians. The festival usually features young and successful performers, who present classical music in modern and exciting way.
For the last three years soloists of the festival have been notorious musicians like Sarah Chang, Vesko Panteleev – Ashkenazi, Georgi Cherkin, “Triad” trio, Andrew Armstrong, Danielle Belen.
Source: Key To Veliko Tarnovo
Character homes in Bulgaria
South African investors to build architectural reserve, consisting or traditional Bulgarian houses from the Revival Period, near Zlataritsa. Visitors would be able to see a variety of traditional homes characteristic of different Bulgarian regions – Arbanasi, Strandzha, Pirin, etc.
This interesting Bulgaria real estate is located by the river and is planned to have four or five houses in which tourists will have the opportunity to see and learn more about authentic Bulgarian traditions from different ethnographic regions of the country.
The complex will be on land of about 100 hectares. Investors have been buying plots and dealing with land consolidation for the past three years. The complex will also have a dairy and farm.
The most expensive construction market is Hong Kong. The top 10 includes five European countries, reports Investor.bg.
Bulgaria is among the ten cheapest states for construction in the world, according to consultancy firm EC Harris. Bulgaria ranks 6th in cheapest construction destination and 42nd for construction costs.
The cheapest destination for building is India, followed by Indonesia, Vietnam, Morocco and Malaysia. A position behind Bulgaria is Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Romania is the tenth cheapest destination for construction in the world.
Hong Kong, on the other hand, has the most expensive construction market in the world. Among the top 10 most expensive construction destinations are also five European countries – Switzerland ranks second, Denmark third, Sweden fourth, France 8th and Belgium 10th.
Macau is rated by the company on the 5th place, Australia – 6th, Japan – 7th and Singapore – 9th.
Although the economies of developing countries are slowing,and the recovery in developed countries is lagging behind, experts predict growth in the construction industry worldwide. They also say that by 2025 the volume of construction output will grow by 70% to 15 trillion dollars.
Growth is also expected to be concentrated in the developing economies, which by 2025 will contribute with 63% to the global construction output. For comparison – in 2012 their share was 52%.
The Mayors of Veliko Tarnovo and Alexandria, Daniel and Victor Panov Dragusin, have signed an agreement for joint application for cross-border project between Romania and Bulgaria. It is called “Building eco urban zones in the Lower Danube Euro-region – models for sustainable urban development” and would cover the time period 2014-2020.
From early September the chief architects of the two towns will be consulting about the preparation of projects to create riverside recreation areas, said Daniel Panov.
The Veliko Tarnovo project is based on an early development plan, designed by the local architect Matey Savov. Projects should be ready by 2014 and and be implemented in 2015.
The Veliko Tarnovo project so far is planned to be 2.5 km long, running along the Yantra. It would from the tunnels next to the Tsarevets Castle. The project envisions cycling trails and walkways, decorated with greenery. The Yantra coast will be reinforced with gabions and supporting walls. Two panoramic elevators will lead from the town to the street, shared Daniel Panov.