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Bulgaria Property Sales Rise In the 3rd Quarter

Veliko Tarnovo real estate

Veliko Tarnovo real estate

Bulgarian real estate market marked a growth of 1.42% in sales on an annual basis during the third quarter of 2013, reports

According to the English issue of the online media, during the third quarter a total of 59 475 Bulgarian properties were sold.

The property sales in the bigger regional cities account for 53% of the total national sales.

The highest price increase compared to the same period in 2012 is registered in Burgas, followed by Sofia and Plovdiv.



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.