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Bulgaria to demand reimbursement for unfortunate toruism logo


The new Bulgarian tourism logo and branding introduced last year

Bulgarian state is to request reimbursement for the new tourism branding, which did not meet public support, reports


This was the statement of the Deputy Minister of Economy, responsible for tourism, Branimir Botev, during the sixth edition of the Black Sea Tourism forum in Varna.


Botev said he had complained to the Legal Affairs Directorate of the Ministry to seek termination of the contract with the company and the option to reimburse the amount paid for the brand building.


The company dealing with the branding won 1.6 million lev, sponsored through the operational programme “Regional Development” for the development of the brand. The logo design met with much criticism and was said to look more like a “colorful candy” or “poached eggs”. It was also claimed that it looked very similar to the logo of Kyrgyzstan.

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Decline in the construction business

Construction in August has declined compared to July this year, and compared with the same month last year, according to the National Statistical Institute (NSI), reports Dnevnik.


Usually the summer months are the strongest in the sector because of the favourable weather conditions, but this August NSI reported shrinking in the construction of buildings and infrastructure.


Preliminary NSI data shows that in August 2013 the index of production in the sector, calculated on the basis of seasonally adjusted data, has dropped by 1% compared to the previous month, and by 9.5% from levels reported in August 2012.


Compared to July 2013 civil construction decreased by 1.1 % and building construction – by 0.8%. Compared to August 2012 the decline was respectively 12.3% and 7.2% .


Prison Museum Veliko Tarnovo

Prison Museum

Prison Museum

Prison Museum in Veliko Tarnovo is a unique museum for Bulgaria. The solid stone building is located south of the former Turkish Konak, now Museum of Bulgarian Revival and Constituent Assembly. It serves as a prison for a century, between the year of 1854 – 1954, before turning into a museum in 1960.


The museum exposition was restored in 2011. The original interior of three prison cells and the secure lock-up cell were restored. These cells were used during the years of National Liberation Movement in 19th century. The tools used for torture are preserved in the original torture room, along with description of the punishments that used to be applied. Displayed are also the names of 399 fighters for the National Liberation who served terms in Tarnovo prison.


A separate panel contains portraits of notorious persons from Bulgarian history who were locked up here – Filip Totyu, Stefan Karadja, Vasil Levski, Todor Kableshkov, Bacho Kiro, Georgi Izmirliev, Todor Kirkov, etc. The visitor room and the prison manager rooms are also restored. Tourists can also see everyday items, which used to belong to prisoners like aluminium cans for food, spoons, ceramic water jugs, wooden boxes for personal items. Some object were made by the prisoners, such as a chessboard and a hairnet.


American playwright to film historical series in Veliko Tarnovo

John Pielmeier, American playwright and screenwriter met the deputy mayor of Veliko Tarnovo, Snezhana Daneva, to discuss the opportunity to embark on filming historical series.


Pielmeier would like to turn the Veliko Tarnovo hills of Trapezitsa and Tsarevets into a shooting locations for a part of his project about the ancient history of the European continent. The series will be broadcast throughout the Europe.


Reportedly, Pielmeier was impressed by the opportunities that Veliko Tarnovo and Tsarevets provide for the realization of the film project. He also supports Veliko Tarnovo’s application for European Capital of Culture.


John Pielmeier is an American playwright and screenwriter. He has won many prestigious awards for international theatrical and television films. His productions have been played over 600 times on Broadway.
Pielmeier has won the prestigious Christopher award for screenplay with historical theme.

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200 new apartments to be built in Veliko Tarnovo

Veliko-Tarnovo-hero-686x262_tcm55-8834Construction project worth 7 million leva is set to finance the building of 200 new apartments in a new quarter of Veliko Tarnovo. The properties are to be built at the site of the former demolished Pharmacy Management quarters in Veliko Tarnovo, reports the local newspaper “Borba”. The information is provided by the “Construction and Spatial Planning” department in Veliko Tarnovo.

According to it, the papers for the new construction projects are already approved and signed. This is the first major site to be approved after the construction boom and the severe crisis that hit the industry.

In addition to the 200 apartments, the project includes the construction of a number of retail outlets, including a superstore, underground carpark and recreation areas. Office buildings are also going to be built and they would be accessed from Marmarliyska Street.


Trapezitsa Train Station, Veliko Tarnovo


The Independence of Bulgaria (celebrated just two days ago) from the Ottoman Empire was proclaimed on 5 October (22 September old style date) 1908 in the old Bulgarian capital Veliko Tarnovo by Prince (Knyaz) (afterwards Tsar) Ferdinand of Bulgaria.


Few people know that the historical events related to the Bulgarian Independence start from Trapezitsa station in Veliko Tarnovo. According to historical accounts, in the early morning of 22 September, Ferdinand takes his last steps as a prince in this station. Minutes later, he assumes the title of tsar as the head of an independent state. The royal train stops at the train station, without anyone knowing, because the tsar liked surprises. He then gets off the train unnoticed and walks to St. 40 Martyrs Church.


Tarnovians had placed a patriotic plaque to commemorate the event, which now, 105 years later, no longer exists and this beautiful building is left to decay. The hand painted inscriptions on the stones cannot be read and hardly anyone knows that this place marks the beginning of the Bulgarian Independence.


Currently, there are plans of transforming the station into a virtual museum. The municipality is to acquire and renovated the property, which is built in North German Style. This is one of the initiatives regarding the candidacy of Veliko Tarnovo for European Capital of Culture.


Veliko Tarnovo has a good chance to become the next European Cultural Capital

Asenevtsi Monument and Boruna

Veliko Tarnovo has serious potential and chances to win the title of European Capital of Culture in 2019. The city has the opportunity to become a centre for development of street art and the art of wrapping monuments among.  This is the opinion expressed by Hanna Payer from the University of Applied Sciences in Krems, Austria, published in the VT Municipality website.


She has written a master’s thesis on the application of Veliko Tarnovo for European Capital of Culture. For her research, she has conducted detailed interviews with the heads of the 10 of the most successful applicant cities, which have already been European Capitals of Culture (ECC). Austria has twice been part of the project  – Graz was ECC in 2003, and Linz in 2009.


Hanna has decided to share the Austrian experience in the application of Veliko Tarnovo 2019. Her findings, results and conclusions from the research are at the disposal of the Old Bulgarian Capital. According to her, the chances of Veliko Tarnovo are great, as the city has great untapped potential. Hannah was impressed by the fact that application of Veliko Tarnovo is not focused on all the objects related to the history of the city and is focused on organizing various events to attract young people from around the world.


She is visiting VT to present the European project for the conservation of cultural heritage. A team of leading experts from three universities in Germany and Austria are gathered here for the initiative called  “Cult tour – cultural (garden) heritage as a focal point for sustainable tourism “. A total of three green areas / gardens are included in the project – a 16-century Baroque garden in Sibiu, Romania; a park in Alexadroupolis, Greece, built in 1960 and restored 20 years later; and the Asenevtsi Monument and the belonging green space called Boruna.