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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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The symbolic Saint Demetrius of Thessaloniki Church opens for visits

6_12568043171_MG_3725_sThe church takes a central place in Veliko Tarnovo’s history as it was the place where the uprising of Asen and Peter was pronounced on October 26th 1185. The Uprising of Asen and Peter was a revolt of Bulgarians living in a territory held by the Byzantine Empire and was caused by a tax increase. It ended with the creation of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom, ruled by the Asen dynasty. The church will welcome visitors every day from October, 22nd till November, 8th as it is becoming the focal point of the upcoming national celebrations marking the 830th anniversary of the uprising and the restoration of the Bulgarian state. The church usually stays closed during the winter months and opens doors for visitors only upon prior request.

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Exhibition dedicated to African culture in Veliko Tarnovo

Author of the exhibition is Burama Keita, of Malian origin but currently residing in Bulgaria and dealing with African culture.

The exhibitionis called Africa: My land, My Soul and is part of a long-term project and will stay in Veliko Tarnovo from October 6th to 30th October. Visitors will have the opportunity to see a different culture presented in the old capital of Bulgaria. The exhibition will cover different topics such as history, geography, literature, and modern and traditional African painting. You can also hear and see African music and dancing at the opening of the exhibition which will be held in French (with interpretation into Bulgarian).

The opening is today, 6th October, from 5 pm; the venue – Rafael Mihailov Exhibition Halls, New Corpus Hall, 1st level, 1 Rafael Mihailov str.

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Campaign for electronic and hazardous waste collection

household-hazardous-waste-signsVeliko Tarnovo Municipality is organizing yet another collection campaign for electronic and hazardous waste. There will be two collection points – one opening on October, 8th in Kartala Neighbourhood, in Stoyan Koledarov parking lot, from 10 am till 4 pm. The other one will be available on October, 9th, from 10 am to 4 pm in front of Mall Veliko Tarnovo, in the parking lot at Simeon Veliki Street.

People can safely dispose of their expired medications, mercury-containing ampules and thermometers; lacquers, paints, thinners; household cleaners and chemicals; inks and contaminated packaging; expired pesticides; batteries and accumulators and electronic waste.

The campaign is part of the efforts of the Municipality to keep our town clean and free of hazardous substances. Veliko Tarnovo Municipality is conforming to the high ecological standard ISO 14000 Environmental Management System for several years now. This system aims at minimizing the pollution and negative effects of human activity on the environment.

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Veliko Tarnovo is the third most affordable tourist destination in the world

TrivagoTrivago, the largest travel search engine, put Veliko Tarnovo in the prestigious third place among the Best Value Destinations in the world. The ranking criterion is the most affordable tourist destination according to quality/price relation and quality of services. The Old Bulgarian capital is the only place in Bulgaria to make it in the top 100 ranking. Veliko Tarnovo is preceded only by the Chinese town of Fenghuang and Mostar in Bosnia-Herzegovina. The platform compares hotels prices, prices of services they provide and quality based on customers reviews.

The ranking itself is based on an algorithm encompassing the Hotel Price Index of Trivago and the hotel ratings on the website. The data show the best combined results for an average hotel price for a night in a standard double room and the average users’ rating for all available hotels in a destination

This is the second time Veliko Tarnovo receives such honours by Trivago – last year the hoteliers in the old Bulgarian capital were ranked first for hospitality.

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The road connecting Polikraishte-Elena-Sliven to be thoroughly rehabilitated

Road ІІ-53 Polikraishte-Elena-Sliven is to be renovated with European funding. Road Infrastructure Agency has already drawn a project and is to apply for funding for the new programme period 2014- 2020.

The first lot to be fixed is in Gorna Oryahovitsa Municipality – 6.7 km passing through Gorna Oryahovitsa, Parvomaytsi and Polikraishte.

The Aleksandrovski Bridge close to Parvomaytsi is also included in the project and it will be fortified with gabions.  The two villages will receive new asphalt, curbs and sidewalks.

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Veliko Tarnovo marks the Chinese New Year in February, 2016

a lion dance

Lion Dance

Veliko Tarnovo will officially mark the Chinese New Year in February 2016 with a varied and attractive program. This was agreed at a meeting between Veliko Tarnovo Deputy Mayor Daneva-Snezhana Ivanova and the cultural counsellor with the Chinese embassy in Bulgaria Yin Yali. The main aspects of the future event were outlined during the talks. Preparations begin next month.

Until now, the Chinese New Year had been officially celebrated only in Sofia and Varna. In February 2016 a 40-strong ensemble from the Asian country will visit the Old capital of Bulgaria. The program will include lots of music and dancing, circus and acrobatics numbers, as well as the particularly attractive Lion Dance. Exhibitions and presentation of traditional oriental arts and crafts are also on the agenda for the event.

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