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.
The first Honey feast in the town of Elena will take place on July, 26th at the town’s square. The festival is held under the slogan ‘Honey conversations in Elena style’ and starts at 10.30 am this Saturday.
Many folklore singers and musicians as well as dance formations will take part in the celebrations. Visitors will be presented with the opportunity to learn interesting facts for honey, honey products and bees.
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.
La Fanfare des Kadors
For the past 20 years the French brass band La Fanfare des Kadors from Montpelier has been entertaining Europe with its lively interpretations of much loved songs from all genres and times. Their melodious, joyful music will fill the streets of Veliko Tarnovo and Marno Pole Park on July 17th, from 6 pm. The musicians are here due to an invitation by the French Embassy in Bulgaria, the reason being the Bastille Day or the French National Holiday.
A future marketing specialist, a student in political science and a hostel worker are conducting free guided walking tours along the cobbled street of Veliko Tarnov and its many places to visit. The meeting point is in front of the Tourist Information Centre Veliko Tarnovo, near the Post Office, at 11 am. The guided tour is in English and lasts two hours. During this walk tourists from all over the world are shown Veliko Tarnovo’s most renowned sites – from the artisan Samovodska Charshia, pass the Cathedral temple The birth of Holy Mother, through Tsarevets Fortress, along Gurko Street and finishing their journey at Asenevtsi Monument, near the starting point. In nice weather there are also evening tours from 6 pm but are more oriented towards different art and performance events. The students are giving these free discussions for a third year in a row because in their words it is a nice way to spend their free time. This year they have one more reason – Veliko Tarnovo’s effort to win The European Capital of Culture 2019 Contest. As the summer season is coming to its peak more and more tourists are flocking to the town. Americans, English, Spanish, French, Russian and even Japanese nationals are walking along the cobbled streets of the Old Town and enjoying its magnificence. The art events held at the Boris Denev Art Gallery and Asenevtsi Monument are also gathering momentum amongst the foreign tourist.