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New 2 leva coin goes into circulation

Bulgarian National Bank (BNB) will release the new 2 leva coin on December, 7th. It has a diameter of 26.5 mm and bears the image of Paisiy Hilendarski. BNB has minted 12 million leva in 2 leva coins waiting to be put into circulation.

The National Bank also stresses that banknotes with a nominal value of 2 leva (1999 and 2005 emissions) will continue to be legal tender after December, 7th.

The lifespan of a bill is between 13 and 14 months whereas a coin lasts 30 years.

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Streets in the Old Town of VT to be repaired with 15 million leva

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Gurko Street in VT

The street s in the Old Part of Veliko Tarnovo are to receive a new look. This is one of the largest reconstruction projects ever to be accomplished in the town. Next year the Municipality will put 15 million leva for a complete makeover of the streets in the Old Part of Veliko Tarnovo. The money comes from Regions for Growth Programme which has already funded the reconstruction of several significant sites in Veliko Tarnovo. The reconstruction project was officially presented at the end of last week and is part of the investment program of the Municipality for the coming year. Some of the streets in the Old Town have not been repaired since the Ottoman Empire reigned the country, virtually from their construction.

The Old Town of Veliko Tarnovo is beautiful and very appealing to tourist from near and far; it bears the character of the town and as such is sure to gather attention. However the last 30 years saw it neglected and void of investments. The plan is to gradually repair all streets, including the smaller ones starting from the Central Post Office and those in old neighbourhoods of Varusha and Asenov.

Cobblestoned streets will be preserved – the stone paving will be rearranged and upgraded if necessary. New asphalt will be laid on the other streets. Other issues that will be addressed are the drainage and parking problems. New recreation areas and green space will also be set up. The street lighting will also be replaced and improved.

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Visit the Christmas Market Charity Chalet helping the homeless animals of VT

624-400-veliko-tyrnovoAs we already informed you yesterday the Marno Pole Christmas Market in Veliko Tarnovo opens on December, 1st. It will comprise of 25 chalets offering various goods and you can visit it every day from 10 am will 8 pm. One of these chalets will be raising funds for a charity. It will be called Charity Chalet of Friends of Animals VT.

image003There you can donate money and food for the stray animals of Veliko Tarnovo; you can also donate blankets, bedding and toys for the dogs in the Municipality Shelter. For each donation you will receive a small gift of gratitude. The gifts include calendars with pictures of the dogs from the shelter, fridge magnets with cats, souvenirs and Christmas baubles. The Charity Chalet is the first on the left after the one of Santa Claus.

If it is more convenient for you can purchase dog or cat food from one of the vet clinics or pet shop in VT and leave it there. Then just drop by the Chalet and let the people there know what you’ve bought and from where and it will be collected from there.

The activity of the Charity Chalet of Friends of Animals VT was made possible by the kind sponsorship of our friends from Yantra Homes, Hadji Nikoli Inn and Wild Rovers 4×4 who promptly responded to Friends of Animals VT plea for help.

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Marno Pole Christmas Market in VT opens on December, 1st

19215_650__3The annual Christmas Market in Veliko Tarnovo opens on December, 1st. Just like previous years it will be located at Marno Pole Park in the centre of the town. The park will be adorned with festive decorations and attractive lighting and will feature 25 chalets and a children’ fairground.

The market is inspired by the traditional Austrian Christmas markets and will bring us the spirit of the Christmas season with lots of attractions, amusements, events and concerts. The chalets will offer unique handmade gifts, Christmas decorations and toys, souvenirs, works of arts and crafts, seasonal goods, confectionery and culinary delights throughout the whole of December. In the Glühwein House everyone can try Mulled wine and Austrian wursts (sausages). There will also be a covered scene where various concerts and events will be held every day. And of course kids will be able post their letters to Santa until 24th December at the Christmas Post Office under the most majestic spruce in the park.

Tomorrow we will tell you more about one of the chalets, the activity of which was kindly sponsored by our friends from Yantra Homes, Hadji Nikoli Inn and Wild Rovers 4X4.

The Christmas Market in Marno Pole Park will be open every day until December, 31st from 10 am till 8 pm.

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European acknowledgement for three festivals taking place in Veliko Tarnovo

Veliko Tarnovo Municipality received European recognition for the high quality of the Scene of the centuries, Arbanassi Summer Music and On the Eastern coast of Europe festivals which the town is hosting each year. Тhey were granted the prestigious status European Festival of 2015/2016 at a ceremony in the capital.

The winning festivals have contributed greatly for the strengthening of Veliko Tarnovo’s unofficial position as the Balkan capital of cultural tourism. The events were included in the pilot project of the European Commission and the Europe for the Festivals. The Festivals for Europe Platform. The project involved more than 100 cultural happenings from all over Bulgaria, and official status and award was granted only to 26 of them.

The summer opera festival Scene of the Ages, the festival of classical music Arbanassi Summer music and the film festival On the East Coast of Europe will be included in an international festival guide that will have its print and electronic form. The European status and the awards they received show their significant importance for the promotion of Bulgarian culture and art across the globe.

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Tsarevets Fortress lights up in blue

diabetes_dayNovember, 14th is the World Diabetes Day – the world’s largest diabetes awareness campaign with events organised in more than 100 countries. Bulgaria is also part of the campaign Veliko Tarnovo Municipality and Bulgarian Diabetes Association, on days 13 and 14 November will hold a number of diabetes awareness under the motto November – the month of diabetes.

The WDD was first marked in 1991. The date was chosen after the birthday of Frederick Banting who along with Charles Best makes the epochal discovery about the role of insulin in the treatment of diabetes.

Bulgarian Diabetes Association will mark the WWD in various Bulgarian cities for the fifth consecutive year with lots of lectures, sporting events, radio and television broadcasts and free screening for diabetes. Another key event is that they lit important buildings and monuments in blue. The blue colour and the circle have been adopted as the logo of the WDD as a symbol of life, health and the sky that unites all nations.

It was decided that the Bulgarian campaign will have its kick off in Veliko Tarnovo. On Friday (November, 13th) a team of medical professionals will perform free blood glucose testing with the aim of early detection of the potential risk of diabetes. The venue will be in front of the building of the Municipality from 12 till 5 pm. As part of the events, on Saturday (November, 14th) Tsarevets Fortress will be illuminated in blue from 7 pm onwards.

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New electric bus trials in Veliko Tarnovo

Veliko Tarnovo has become one of the few towns in the country, which had the opportunity to test the two most advanced technologies in the field of electric public transport at the moment.

An electric bus running on batteries was already tried for some time along the street of the old capital during the summer in. Today another leading technology for eco-friendly public transport was presented in Veliko Tarnovo capacity for this eco-friendly urban transport.

The electric bus which was introduced today is manufactured by the Israeli company Chariot Motors. It is propelled by ultracapacitors technology. It needs two 150 kilowatts charging station on the first and last stop  to function and it takes about 5-6 minutes to fully charge, a time which coincides with the rest of the drivers. The cost per km is only 15 stotinki. The capacity of the eco-friendly vehicle is for 29 sitting and 61 standing passengers. With this this kind of the transport air pollution is reduced to very large extend.

After the trial period ends Veliko Tarnovo administration will have to choose the technology that most suits the needs of the town and the municipality villages; it will then apply for funding under the EU transport programmes.

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