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Assumption of The Virgin Mary, Arbanasi

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Uspenie Bogorodichno (Assumption of the Virgin Mary) Monastery is located in the north-eastern part of Arbanasi, 6km from Veliko Tarnovo, and was supposedly built in the Middle Ages.

 

The monastery church is a low, single isle, single apse building with two narthexes and a relatively large Holy Trinity Chapel.  New residential and supporting buidings were built in 1716 by abbot Danail from Troyan. In 1798 the so called “Kardzhalii” brigands destroyed the monastery, and it was restored later.

 

Murals in the nave are painted by unknown master painters around 1600 and those in the women section of the church date back to 1603. An inscription on the chapel entrance tells us the names of the icons painter Daskal (teacher) Kosta, Tsonyu and Goergi and the year 1704 when the murals were painted. Many 17th-18th century icons can be seen in the church, most valuable among them being the miraculous Holy Mother of God – Troeruchitsa (three-handed). It is place at the entrance (narthex) of the church.

 

The holy icon is lined with silver relief,donated at a later stage by a local merchant, whose child was curedafter prayers in front of  the icon. It is believed that through the years a great number people, coming to pray to the icon were healed. That’s why thousands of worshippers gather at the monastery  on August 15 on Great St. Mary’s Day.

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St. Peter & Paul and St. Ivan Rilski Churches, Veliko Tarnovo

2St Peter and St Paul Church is located on the northern foot hills of Tsarevets Hill. It is one of the few medieval churches preserved and working since the beginning of the 18th century to the earthquake in 1913.

 

The church was built during the reign of Tsar Kaloyan. In 1204 he signed a treaty with the Roman Pope Innocent III, which is why the church was named after most respected saints of the Roman Catholic Church – Peter and Paul.

 

Later a monastery complex was developed around the church, built with donations from Ana-Maria, wife of Tsar Ivan Asen II. The last Bulgarian patriarch served there for two years.

 

The murals on church wall were painted by an artist, who had a vast knowledge of  the Paleologue style and the traditions of the Artistic School of Veliko Tarnovo.

 

A lot of the images are unique and unparalleled compared to other wall-paintings in Bulgarian medieval churches. These murals are some of the fine displays of mastery of the Artistic School of Veliko Tarnovo.

 

The St Ivan Rilski (Ivan of Rila) Church is part of the St. Paul and St. Peter Church complex. It was unearthed and explored by local archaeologists and exhibited  thanks to an EU-funded project in the beginning of 2013.

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Arbanasi Summer Music 2013

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The forth edition of the Arbanasi Summer Music will be held from 7 to 11 August 2013. Traditionally, all concerts are set in the “St. Archangels Michael and Gabriel” Church. Visitors will be able to enjoy fine pieces of classical chamber music performed by international musicians in the unique acoustics of the church.

The festival is organised after an initiative of the Regional Historical Museum in Veliko Tarnovo and supports the candidacy of Veliko Tarnovo for European Cultural Capital 2019.

Musicians who will perform at the summer concerts are: David Kuigal (viola), Julita Fasseva (bass), Eric Speller (oboe), Yf Bourry (oboe), Dimitri Mestdag (cor anglais) and the American cellist Raphael Bell, who led the Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra of Belgium.

Classical pieces by Beethoven, Gordon Jacob, Jacques Ibert, Mozart, Dvorak, Jan Kustir and Benjamin Britten will be perfomed during the evening concerts.

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Exhibition in Soon-To-Be Demolished 120-Year-Old Veliko Tarnovo Building

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The 120-year-old Military School in Veliko Tarnovo will turn into be an art gallery for a month before getting demolished. The unique exhibition prepared by Larisa Ivanova and Nikolay Panayotov opens today and will be displayed till the end of August.

 

The venue might a bit challenging to access, since you have to go through fences, excavations and trenches due to ongoing construction works for new city development plan.

 

The works of Larisa Ivanova and Nikolay Panayotov are expressively entwined in a network of murals, graffiti and installations. The paintings are not static – they reach beyond the frames and spill out across the walls, on doors and floors, transforming themselves into a game of emotions and imagination.

 

The creative duo fully utilizes the space for their „1+1=1” exhibition. Originally the exhibition was intended to be held in the Old Post Office building, but they could not obtain permission, so the duo had to be creative and decided to use the Old Military School premises instead. The fact that the building is about to be demolished served as an extra inspiration for them.

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Benefits of Summer Kitchens in Bulgaria Houses

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Summer Kitchen

Ever wonder why our descriptions of Bulgarian property almost always include the space called summer kitchen? Here is why.

 

During the long hot Bulgarian summers a summer kitchen is worth its weight in gold when considering buying a house in Bulgaria.

 

Summer kitchens are multi-purpose living and recreation areas during the Bulgarian summer. Following a cold winter, Bulgarians enjoy time outdoors during the summer months. Summer kitchens are usually an extension of homes and are often covered to protect inhabitants from the heat of the sun.

 

People living in villages use the summer kitchen to cook, dine, rest/sleep, watch television and socialise with friends. Typically, summer kitchens are well equipped with a sink, kitchen area with table, cooker/wood burning oven/ BBQ, fridge and seating.

 

Most Bulgarians will make the most of an outdoor area even if it’s simply a balcony of an apartment, most of the cooking will be done on an electric grill or BBQ, to reduce both the heat and food smells of indoors.

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Museum towns and villages around Veliko Tarnovo

Bulgaria boasts with a total of fourteen Museum Towns which are ‘showcases’ for Bulgarian houses built in the National Revival Period, built in the 18th and 19th centuries. Such towns are where the time seems to have stopped and are full of beauty and architectural style.Even though they are called Museum Towns and one would expect them to be empty or merely life-size ethnographic display, they are lively, active and inspiring places to live in.

 

Four of those beautiful towns and villages are within quick and easy reach to Veliko Tarnovo, one of them being Veliko Tarnovo itself.

 

Arbanasi

Rustic houses that resemble minor fortresses on the outside. High, solid walls, heavy gates and secret hiding-places, the traditional houses of Arbanasi are spacious and comfortable, richly decorated and furnished on the inside. A great example of such imposing beauty is the Konstantsalieva House, a must-see if you’re visiting this beautiful village. See some our best offers in Arbanasi!

 

Etara

Situated 8km from Gabrovo, this is a charming ethnographic centre where you can watch craftsmen fashion beautiful gold, silver, copper, leather and wooden articles before your eyes. Around these you can also see some lovely old houses, flowers on window sills, small shops with wooden shutters and gas lanterns on street corners. Mostly two storey buildings, they are exact replicas of the homes of the old local craftsmen. Typical for the traditional architecture, upper floors are residential, whereas the ground floors host workshops and storage areas. Want to live close to this ethnographic beauty? Check out some our listings of Gabrovo property!

 

Tryavna

Tryavna is a town preferred by visitors for its fresh mountain air and unique architecture. A good road and railroad network connects the town with neighbouring towns and villages, as well as all further spots of Bulgaria.

The Tryavna masters gain popularity in the field of building, icon painting and especially woodcarving, which they handle to perfection and transform into art. Typical for Tryavna are two storey houses with open chardaks (traditional Bulgarian balconies; read more on Bulgarian Revival Architecture, Traditional Houses & Homes), carved eaves covered with heavy stone tiles.

Why not check out Tryavna properties?

 

Veliko Tarnovo

The Bulgarian National Revival times are embodied in the architecture of Veliko Tarnovo. These are to be found in Gurko Street and the Samovodska Charshia, as well as the Asenov Quarter. Some of the fine examples are the House with the Monkey and the Sarafkina House.

The building tradition in the City of Tsars is influenced by the steep terrain. Charming homes overlooking the Yantra are built one above the other into the rocks. “I want to build my life like this, cascaded‘, said a friend once, when I showed him a picture of Veliko Tarnovo. If you want to live your life like this, see some our best offers of Veliko Tarnovo property!

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Bulgarian property prices dropping up to 20%

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traditional Bulgarian houses for sale

Bulgarian property prices are still on the decline mainly due to people eager to sell a property.

Recent news updates from the Bulgarian real estate industry have reported that in many cases people with properties on the market are continuing to lower prices up to 20% in an attempt to sell.

The biggest price falls are in towns and villages in rural locations, like the Veliko Tarnovo area, where prices in some cases are nearly half to what buyers originally paid. Village houses continue to offer exceptional value to buyers considering purchasing property in Bulgaria. There is a great variety of rural homes and house and if you’re up for some renovation challenge there are homes as cheap as 4 000 Euros.

Alternatively if you do your homework there are plenty of bargain properties which have been renovated to a very high standard and on the market fully furnished for as low as 25 000 Euros!