It is not a secret to anyone that during recent years Russian buyers’ interest in acquiring properties in Bulgaria has heightened. Even the Ukrainian crisis is not affecting this trend. There is one change though but it is a positive one – until the end of last year people in the age range between 55 and 65 years were the most active participants on the property market. In the general case they wanted to find a home in the sunny country to spend their days when they retire. But the tendency has turned. There are now enquires from young families and potential buyer between 25 and 35. These are predominantly owners of small scale businesses like shops, restaurants and small family run enterprises who are looking to develop the same kind of activity in Bulgaria. There is also one more change and it is that Russians are no longer looking only for cheap properties – they are now willing to spend between 25 000 and 45 000 euro.
The imposing iron throne from the extremely successful series “Game of Thrones” is arriving in Veliko Tarnovo. Its plot is inspired by ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’, a series of fantasy novels written by American novelist and screenwriter George R. R. Martin. The throne which is built of thousands blades will be situated in the square in front of Tsarevets Fortress. Fans of the TV show and the books will be presented will the opportunity to see the throne and take photos of it. The iconic chair is over 2 meters in height and weights over 100 kgs.
The throne will stay in Veliko Tarnovo for three days – from 6 pm on April, 11th till 1 pm on April, 13th. Everyone is welcome to come and see it; access is free.
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’s Tsarevets Fortress will light up in blue on April, 2nd from 20.04 pm. In this way the town will show its support for people with autism. The seventh annual World Autism Awareness Day is April 2, 2014. Its aim is to raise awareness of autism on all levels in society.
The initiative is held under the slogan Light It Up Blue and various participant are emblematic buildings and monuments like the iconic statue of Jesus Christ in Rio de Janeiro, Empire State Building in New York, Sydney Opera House and Niagara Falls.