Investments of more than 7 million leva have been made
Nearly one million tourists have visited the cultural and historical sites of Veliko Tarnovo and the region during the last year. That’s an increase of 40 %, it was announced by the mayor of Veliko Tarnovo. The number of bed places available also marks a rise of 200 beds, due to the fact that two new hotels, five guest houses and also another twelve accommodation establishments have been opened during the past year.The total accommodation capacity now amounts to 6000 beds. For the improvement of tourist infrastructure and for the creating of new attraction sites the Municipality of Veliko Tarnovo has invested over 7 million leva.
Currently new projects are being elaborated; it is hoped that they will be granted funding during the new program period. Under those projects the Shishman’s bath in Asenov quarter will be restored. There are plans for the Museum of Wax Figures to be expanded by a 1000 sqm. Also a new park will be built in the foot of the Tsarevets Hill – bicycle lanes and pedestrian zone will connect the medieval churches in Asenov quarter with the Holy Forty Martyrs church. An artisan street will be set up on Tsarevets Fortress. There will be also a riverside walking track that will go along the picturesque Yantra River near Boris Denev Art Gallery. New parking lots will be built in the Old Town of Veliko Tarnovo – by the churches of Holy Forty Martyrs and St. Dimitar. Architects will discuss the building projects for area where the now demolished Old Military Academy was placed before. Some of the plans provide for the construction of a multifunctional congress centre, a military museum and also an aquarium. It is yet to be decided what exactly will be build there.
Veliko Tarnovo Municipality hopes to attract even more tourist after accomplishing all those projects.
The archaeological reserve of Nicopolis ad Istrum will be the scene of large historical re-enactments of life in the Roman Empire; the ruins of the town are located at the village of Nikyup, 20 km north of Veliko Tarnovo. Vestal virgins, legionaries, patricians, noble Romans and a variety of rituals and crafts will come to life among the remains of the ancient town.
The Roman day is part of the Cultural Tourism International Expo. The idea behind the event is to present the changes that were done in the archaeological reserve last summer in front of visitors, travel agents and participants in the fair. After the changes the place is more friendly and people-oriented. The happening is organized by Tsarevgrad Tarnov Municipal Tourism Agency with the cooperation of Veliko Tarnovo Regional Historical Museum.
Acting troupes from the town of Svishtov will recreate much of the action and battle scenes during the day. The legionaries’ demonstrations will be accompanied by crafts representations like blacksmithing and coin cutting. Visitors at Nicopolis ad Istrum will be presented with the opportunity to shoot a bow and arrow and to try ancient Roman cuisine; a fish soup will be prepared on the spot according to an old authentic recipe.
A Roman wedding will be recreated amidst the remains of the agora. The ancient ritual dating 1500 years back in time will start with a home cleansing dance performed by the vestal virgins. A theatre group from the community centre in Debelets will re-embody the vestals.
Everyone who is interested in the past of the ancient town is welcomed to join the free guided tours organized by Veliko Tarnovo Regional Historical Museum. This year for the first time there will be picnicking as part of the pastimes activities during the day; a pleasant way to combine a day of rest within a beautiful setting with a journey back in time. The Roman day starts at 10.30 am and entrance is free.
The cost of the project is 50,000 lv
Veliko Tarnovo approved the new roundabout project in the town centre, in front of Iskra Community Centre. The new traffic organization will comprise of three separate roundabout sections and will also have its own defrosting system that will apply chemicals on command in the winter months.
The project has been developed by a team of experts from the University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy in Sofia.
The new roundabouts will be coordinated with Traffic police requirements; the new traffic organization will be marked and road sign will be erected. There will be no street digging up. The Dutch-style turbo-roundabouts are to be constructed via plastic-and-rubber dividers and separators which are not going to inflict damages on cars in case of contact. The dividers will be phosphorescent and will glow in the night.
There will be three small roundabout sections starting from the Green market to Iskra Community Centre. This way traffic jams that usually occur in that area will be avoided. The innovation is borrowed from Holland and will be the only one of its kind in Bulgaria. After the completion of the project, time spent in traffic will be reduced 5 times. All the vehicles passing through the central part of Veliko Tarnovo will feel the difference. Currently the traffic in the area is the heaviest in the whole town. The implementation of the project should be completed by the autumn.
Veliko Tarnovo will participate in the Earth Hour Campaign. Thousands of candles will be lit up on Saturday, 29th March. The event will take place in front of the Music and Drama Theatre Konstantin Kisimov at 20.30 pm.
Everyone is invited to join in and light a candle. The happening will be held under the slogan that we should all care about the Earth and together we should try and make the World a better place. Musicians and dancers are welcomed to perform and create cheerful atmosphere at the event.
During the Earth Hour people from all over the world symbolically turn off the lights in their homes for an hour; famous and significant buildings also become dark. All of that is done as a plea for a more sustainable future and as a symbol of commitment to the planet.
Over 7000 towns and cities in more than 150 countries were engaged in the initiative last year.
20,000 lv are invested in Veliko Tarnovo’s newest attraction
The first of its kind action centre for the region and Central Northern Bulgaria opened up on Sunday. People from Veliko Tarnovo and the region finally have a place to let steam off . They can wage pretend battles coping computer games and Hollywood action movies.
The battle field is situated next to Trapezitsa Railway Station, just outside Veliko Tarnovo and includes abandoned industrial halls that are now given new life. There are several action sites with different terrain specifications. The complex will be further expanded and in the near future will also offer other recreational activities such as an Indoor Rope Park.
The creators of the venue wanted to show that besides the profound cultural and historical sites Veliko Tarnovo has to offer, it can be chosen as a sports and recreation destination.
Paintball is extremely popular all over the world. The game is fun and develops different skills. Many companies use the past-time activity to build the team spirit of their employees. The owners of the Paintball Arena said that they will actively encourage children to go and spend some time at the centre as an alternative to simply staying in front of the computers at home.
Tsar Ivan Asen II
The official date on which we celebrate the day of Veliko Tarnovo is March, 22nd. The date is related to the win of Tsar Ivan Asen II over the ruler of the Despotate of Epirus, Theodore Komnenos Doukas, in the battle of Klokotnitsa (near nowadays town of Haskovo). The battle in which the Bulgarian tsar defeated and captured Theodore Komnenos took place on the 22 March 1230.
The first records of the day being celebrated can be traced back to 1879. The festive was held in the The Holy Forty Martyrs Church. The church, dedicated to the Forty Martyrs of Sebaste (that are honoured on the very same date as the battle itself), was built and painted on the order of Bulgarian Tsar Ivan Asen II in honour of his important victory. The church was erected in the town of Veliko Tarnovo, the capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire and also residence of Tsar Ivan Asen II. Up until 1944 the day was being marked annually. After September, 9th 1944 rejoicing of the day was halted. The Bulgarian coup d’état of 1944 was a change in the Kingdom of Bulgaria’s administration and government carried out on the eve of 9 September 1944. Following that date, large-scale political, economic and social changes were introduced to the country, with Bulgaria quitting the Axis and coming into the Soviet sphere of influence.
The Holy Forty Martyrs Church
Some of the citizens of Asenov quarter (where the The Holy Forty Martyrs Church is located) renewed the tradition of celebrating the day in 1970. They marked the day under the slogan ‘My beloved neighbourhood’ and the festive was carried out in the church. In 1984 their idea received wide spread support and approval. Since then 22 March is honoured annually with lots of in-town happenings, events and celebrations.
Don’t forget to see the Tsarevets Light and Sound show tonight at 9 pm.
The culmination of the celebrations will be the Veliko Tarnovo 3D Mapping Light Show at Asenevtsi Monument. It starts at 8 pm on March, 22nd. Afterwards fireworks will light the night sky marking the end of the festive day.
Breath-taking Veliko Tarnovo.
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For the first time the ‘Best Town to Live in Bulgaria’ prize is awarded to two towns; the competition is organized by one of the leading radio stations in Bulgaria in cooperation with a top-rank newspaper. ‘The Best Town to Live in Bulgaria’ campaign was first organized in 2007.
Veliko Tarnovo and Burgas won the top spot with 40 points. All participating towns were appraised by 20 criteria. Veliko Tarnovo was crowned for the first time and Burgas for the third. The two winners received their awards by the Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski at a ceremony held at the National Art Gallery in Sofia.
Both towns were scrutinized according to the following criteria: ecological conditions, in town sports options, availability of bicycle lanes, number of kindergartens, main streets condition, number of parking spaces, time spent in traffic jams, free Wi-Fi in public areas, hospitals equipment and conditions, proximity to airports, number of universities and high schools with foreign languages learning, criminal activity statistics, per capita birth rates, etc.
Twenty-seven Bulgarian municipalities took part in the campaign.