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Three Bulgarian historical sites to be restored with state funding

e593ea5a9075b912f34d32379c6c29f6_bigThe Cabinet will grant funding for the restoration of three important tourist sites in Bulgaria. The cash is to come from the Ministry of Culture. The Prime Minister Boyko Borisov came up with the idea after sites which were restored with state money proved to be very successful attracting tourist and visitors. Among them are Belchin, Tsarevets, Perperikon and Sozopol.

One of these places which will benefit from the financing is the palace of the Asenevtsi Dynasty in Veliko Tarnovo. It was recently discovered that the palace was not situated on Tsarevets Hill but on Trapezitsa.

Ivan Asen II (1218–1241) moved the tsar residency to a new place, likely because he decided that Tsarevets was cursed (the four tsars who ruled Bulgaria from 1185 to 1218 were violently killed there).

The restoration project, which strictly complies with the archaeological remnants of the palace standing today at 6-8 m height, is now deposited at the National Historical Museum. The Asenevtsi Fortress span at 660 sqm and was a typical feudal palace built by the brothers Asen and Petar and used during their reign at the time of the Second Bulgarian Tsardom.

After the restoration is complete Veliko Tarnovo will have one more tourist site to boast with.

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Veliko Tarnovo is to be at the centre of the commemorations marking the 830th anniversary of the Uprising of Asen and Petar

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Tsar Asen I ans Tsar Petar II

The old capital of Bulgaria, Veliko Tarnovo, is to host the national celebrations commemorating the 830th anniversary of the Uprising of Asen and Petar (The Uprising of Asen and Peter was a revolt caused by a tax increase. It began on 26 October 1185 and ended with the formation of the Second Bulgarian Empire, ruled by the Asen dynasty).  Patron of the events will be the Bulgarian prime-minister Boyko Borisov. The regional historical museum will set up an exhibition dedicated to the uprising and its commemoration; it will feature all the gold hoards which is are owned by the town. The show will be located in the Archaeological Museum and among some of the items presented will be The Gold Hoard of Hotnitsa, the rings of Tsar Kaloyan and Dobroslav and valuable frescoes and icons previously not shown to the public. Newly founded gold artefacts unearthed at the excavations at Trapezitsa Hill and in Frenhisar and Asenov quarters will also be available to see.

The celebrations will start in October and will be held in Asenov neighbourhood – at Dimitar Solunski Church and the few more which are located there and are declared scheduled ancient monuments. There will be also a street march and historical re-enactment of the event which happed 830 years ago. Movies related to the uprising will also be shown and the University of Veliko Tarnovo will hold a science conference.

There will also be free guided sightseeing tours along some of the most interesting places and historical sites in Veliko Tarnovo. These walks are also conducted during other historically important dates in the calendar like 3rd March, 22nd March, 7th July and 22nd September.

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Let’s meet the New Year together in the centre of Veliko Tarnovo

New Year 2015 formed from sparking digits over black backgroundA number of Bulgarian pop, folk and rock stars will entertain the citizens and guests of Veliko Tarnovo who choose to meet the New Year in the centre of the town, in front of Veliko Tarnovo Municipality. The show is intended to resemble a live radio programme; the radio-presenter will pretend to be airing live from Veliko Tarnovo playing advertising massages praising the old Bulgarian capital; there will also be talks with the performers and the people in the street can express their well-wishings for their loved ones and the coming year.

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Free rides on the Christmas bus during the weekends

dsc_7477An attractive Christmas bus can be seen roaming the streets of Veliko Tarnovo . Behind the wheel is Santa Claus himself and the good spirit of the passengers is in the hands of Santa’s little helpers – the elves. The Municipal Tourist Agency Tsarevgrad Tarnov came with the idea of the jolly vehicle and now the initiative runs for 4th consecutive year.

The bus is adorned with Christmas decorations and lights and plays favourite Christmas and New Year’s songs. It will be going free of charge and will have a special route. Every Saturday and Sunday it can take you downtown to Marno Pole Park and the Christmas Market and its attractions. Continue Reading

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Two open-air ice skating rinks will be set up in Veliko Tarnovo for the winter season

outdoor-ice-rinkTwo ice-skating rinks will be available for the citizens and guests of Veliko Tarnovo. The first one of them is currently under construction behind Billa supermarket. The facility will span at 600 sqm. The field will be frozen via a latest state of the art technology using coolant called glycol. The skating rink will have all necessary certificates and will conform to all safety standards.

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Veliko Tarnovo Municipality announces a contest for Best Christmas Decoration

Christmas-LightingVeliko Tarnovo Municipality aims at making the town’s Christmas decoration more lavish and more beautiful with every other year. So this year as part of their efforts they are encouraging people living in Veliko Tarnovo and the neighbouring villages to take part in this initiative. There will be two categories – for private buildings and for public ones.

Everyone can send their suggestions to the Facebook page Велико Търново 2019 – Творим Щастие; the deadline is 22nd December. You should include photos and also write your name and the participating building address. There will be three prizes in each category – 1st place will receive 500 lv, 2nd place – 300 lv and 3rd place will get 200 lv. The winner will be chosen based on the number of likes it receives.

In the meantime Veliko Tarnovo Municipality and The Municipal Tourist Agency Tsarevgrad Tarnov announced that during the festive month the spectacular Sound and Light Show on Tsarevets Fortress will be played 6 times – it will be available on 6th, 7th, 13th, 20th, 27th and 30th December. The start time is the same for all the days – 7 pm.

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The Christmas spirit takes over Veliko Tarnovo

10410770_770519773008455_4354075032524361147_nThe Christmas Market in Veliko Tarnovo starts on 1st December; it will be located in Marno Pole Park in the centre of the town. The market is inspired by the traditional Austrian Christmas markets and will bring us all the spirit of the Christmas season with lots of attractions, amusements, events and concerts. The park will be adorned with festive decorations and lightings for third consecutive year.images (41)

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