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Secrets of Herbal Medicine revealed at Samovodska Charshia



Today is Eniovden. It is an old Bulgarian festivity that is celebrated on 24 June each year. On the same day the Eastern Orthodox Christian Church also celebrates the day of John the Baptist and often rituals and traditions of both festivities are intertwined.


The celebration coincides with the summer solstice, so many of the beliefs and practices are associated with the path of the heavenly light and its cult.


It is believed that before the sun “goes to the winter” (goes into hibernation during winter), it bathes in water sources, thus granting them healing abilities, which is why everyone should bathe before sunrise in running water for health.


It is believed that the first girl to see the rising sun on the morning of the festivity will be rich and healthy.


On Eniovden or Midsummer’s day it is also thought that various herbs have the greatest healing power, especially at sunrise. It is best that they are picked early in the morning before sunrise.  One should pick 77 and a half sorts of herbs for the upcoming winter – “for all diseases and for the one without name”.


In the spirit of these traditions, Tarnovian Herbalists are going to demonstrate how to make your own cures and “potions” today at Samovodska Charshia.


Veliko Tarnovo Street Art Festival 2013

Street Art Festival 2013

Street Art Festival 2013

The annual Street Art Festival will take place on June 21 and 22.


Street artists from the all over the country are gathering to perform in Veliko Tarnovo.


During the two-day festival, artists, musicians, craftsmen, dancers, performers and acrobats will show their talent at the Asenevtsi Monument.


The event is organized by Taralej Art club of Ideistvie Association and Art Summer Project and financed by Veliko Tarnovo Municipality.


It follows last year’s Street artists’ festival, which was organized at the end of the last summer on Samovodska Charshia and had considerable success.


This year, the festival focuses on artists who create in an urban environment, on the street. Graffiti artists will show their vision on temporary panels in Asenevtsi park and around the monument, who aim at developing the urban environment, aesthetically, by means of Street Art and contributing to the unique artistic spirit of Veliko Tarnovo.


The visitors of the festival will also have opportunity to participate in creative workshops.


The Old Post Office in Veliko Tarnovo


Samovodska Charshia – Hadji Nikoli Inn on the left and the Old Post Office on the right

The imposing building of the Old Post Office is located at the beginning of Samovodska Charshia, opposite the Hadji Nikoli Inn. It was erected on a very historic spot. There was once a house that accommodated the Edinstvo (Unity) committee of Veliko Tarnovo in the summer of 1878, whose main goal was the unification of the Principality of Bulgaria and Eastern Rumelia.


Its was built about 70 years ago after the project of the Bulgarian architect Stancho Belkovski. The construction began in 1932 and ended two years later, in 1934, when the post office was officially open.


old post officeBelkovski studied in Germany, which explains the German influence on the design of this beautiful building, which at the time was thought to be too modernistic.


Tarnovians did not like the building much. It concealed the view to Hadji Nikoli Inn and was in clash with the architectural style of Samovodska Charshia. The building often incited much debate in the local community.


The Old Post Office functioned until 1954, when the new post office was built in the centre of Veliko Tarnovo, overtaking its main functions.


It was eventually shut down in 2005 and left to decay. With broken windows, damaged flooring and peeling paint, this building just stands there waiting for someone to unleash its great potential.


Every now and then it is reopened to host contemporary art exhibitions and installations.



News, Property News

Future of Old Town Veliko Tarnovo

The lack of detailed development plan for the Old Town of Veliko Tarnovo has lead to the collapse of many beautiful Bulgarian houses, apartments and historic buildings, reports Evrokom Tsarevets, a local TV channel, thus hindering investment in the town.


According to the Chief architect Nikolay Malakov, the main reason for the unfortunate state of Veliko Tarnovo properties in the Old Part is the lack of clear objectives concerning the future of the area.


Preparation of a masterplan for the reconstruction and development of the old part of Veliko Tarnovo is a difficult task. The problems every development plan faces in this part of the town are of varied nature – the specific terrain of Veliko Tarnovo, the historic image that needs to be preserved and the creature comforts that still need to be met.


Seems like the administration of local planning agency is finally taking steps for preservation, however. Detailed plans and requirements for façades of important streets, such as “Nezavisimost” have already been made and will be distributed to owners of properties on chosen streets.


Hopefully, more steps towards the conservation of traditional and Revival period buildings will be taken.  Who knows, it might just give Veliko Tarnovo a much needed boost for European Cultural Capital in 2019.


The Stambolov Bridge

The Stambolov Bridge after its completion

The Stambolov Bridge after its completion

The Stambolov Bridge is yet another emblematic place in Veliko Tarnovo, connecting the town centre with the Boris Denev State Art Gallery, the Asenevtsi Monument, University of Veliko Tarnovo and the rest of Sveta Gora Hill.


The Bridge was built in 1892 under the initiative and patronage of the famous Bulgarian politician and statesman Stefan Stambolov, who wished to leave something memorable in his hometown. 9_dar-pod-mosta


The history of the bridge is quite interesting. It is entirely made of steel and concrete, designed by an Italian architect named Giovanni Mossuti.


With the construction of the Stambolov Bridge modern bridge building techniques are not only introduced in the newly liberated Bulgarian state, but also on the Balkan Peninsula. Steel structures for bridges are novelty back then and are imported from abroad and put together at the construction site.


Each of the arches of this famous bridge was raised with a special lifting equipment. In order to join individual arches with large iron rivets, builders had to hang above the river, tied to solid ground only by hemp ropes – a serious test for the master-builders.


According to legends, after the bridge was completed, master-builders and workers had to stay under it until the first passing of loaded ox and horse cars. True to Bulgarian tradition, this way they ensured (with their own lives) that they have done their job properly.


60_bandji 2011Today, the bridge is closed to traffic. In the 70s and 80s of the last century, the traffic leading to the University was passing through it.


Elderly Tarnovians still recall a small plane passing under the bridge. More than half a century ago, a native pilot flew under it in order to impress his beloved.


Now the Stambolov Bridge is a favourite place of young people, a race track skaters and a romantic spot for couples. It reveals enchanting views to the traditional Bulgarian houses of the Old Town and is visited by a number of local and international tourists. Bungee jumps are organised here annually around the Veliko Tarnovo Day!