Category: Bulgaria

Bulgaria? Nobody goes there!; Charlene Kasian; San Diego Reader

Bulgaria – Rila Monastery

Like many Westerners, I imagined a gritty, gray and boring post-Communist Balkans.

“Bulgaria? Nobody goes there!” said my husband when I mentioned it.

Admittedly Bulgaria had never really been high on my list of places to visit, but fate brought me an opportunity to meet an old friend in the capital, Sofia. Like many Westerners, I imagined a gritty, gray and boring post-Communist, post-Yugoslavia Balkans. However, I had once read that Bulgarians nod their heads for “no” and shake them for “yes”, and I thought it might be interesting in an offbeat way to at least see that for myself.

I was surprised to find that Bulgaria is also a place with ancient history and spirituality like in Rome and Greece, walkable cities with ornate architecture and good wine like western Europe, and Middle Eastern flair inherited from centuries in the Ottoman Empire.

The more I looked the more I wanted to see.

Sofia historic interests

Unless you’re a scholar of ancient history, you might not realize that Bulgaria was part of the Roman Empire from around the 1st century. Recently-excavated archaeological remains were woven into the fabric of modern Sofia.

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Centuries-old beech forests in Central Balkan become part of UNESCO site; Focus News Agency

Bulgaria – Ancient and Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe

Sofia. The centuries-old beech forests of Central Balkan National Park have been added to the UNESCO’s World Heritage List under the Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe item. The government has approved a joint declaration on the announcement of the site stretching over Austria, Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Italy, Croatia, Germany, Ukraine and Slovakia. By signing the declaration, the participating states undertake to set up an integrated system for managing the property to ensure its protection, the government press office said.

The serial property was approved by UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee at its 41st session in Krakow in July 2017. It comprises 78 components located in 12 European countries. The expanded serial site (so far it has only covered territories in Germany, Ukraine and Slovakia) represents an outstanding example of undisturbed, complex temperate forests and exhibits the spread of European beech since the end of the last ice age to this day.

Source: Centuries-old beech forests in Central Balkan become part of UNESCO site

Skiing in Bansko • 13 Things You Need to Know; Natasha; The World Pursuit

Bulgaria – Pirin National Park

Skiing in Bansko, Bulgaria may be a fun way to spend a ski holiday. Or you may be waiting in lines the whole time. Here’s the low down on all you need to know.

Source: Skiing in Bansko • 13 Things You Need to Know

Ivanovo Rock Churches, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Top List of Most Popular Archaeological Landmarks in Bulgaria’s Ruse District; Ivan Dikov; Archaeology in Bulgaria

Bulgaria – Rock-Hewn Churches of Ivanovo

The Ivanovo Rock–Hewn Churches were the most popular archaeological and historical landmark with tourists in Bulgaria’s northeastern Ruse District in 2017, the Ruse Regional Museum of History has announced. A total of 14,431 tourists visited the medieval Ivanovo Rock Churches which are a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2017.

Last year, the visitors of Bulgaria’s Ivanovo Rock Churches included a large number of foreign tourists. The international travelers came mostly from Japan, Germany, Romania, and the UK, and visited the landmark primarily as part of organized tours.

Yet, the most popular landmark managed by the Ruse Regional Museum of History in 2017 was its Museum of Natural History, also known as Eco Museum, which features an aquarium and a life-size statue of woolly mammoth.

Ruse’s Eco Museum saw a total of 17,852 visitors in all of 2017, including 5,204 individual visitors, and over 7,000 elementary, middle, and high school students.

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On and off the slopes in Bansko, Bulgaria; Lucy; On the Luce

Bulgaria – Pirin National Park

The best things to do in Bansko ski resort in Bulgaria – both on and off the slopes, with a modern ski resort on one side and a historic town on the other.

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See The Top 10 Oldest Buildings In The World; Philip; How Nigeria

Bulgaria – Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak

Building is defined as any human-made structure used or intended for supporting or sheltering any use or continuous occupancy. This article attempts to list the 10 oldest extant freestanding buildings constructed in the world which are the masterpiece of the skill and handwork of the people of that era. Today we become astonished to see these wonders that in so remote ages without any modern technology and machine how so great construction were made.

10 Oldest Buildings in the World

10. Dhamek Stupa, India

Dhamek Stupa is a massive stupa located at Sarnath, 13 km away from Varanasi in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India, was built in 500 CE to replace an earlier structure commissioned by the great Mauryan king Ashoka in 249 BCE, along with several other monuments, to commemorate the Buddha’s activities in this location. Stupas originated as circular mounds encircled by large stones.

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An adventure at the stunning Rila Monastery in the Bulgarian mountains!; Nic Hilditch-Short; The Roaming Renegades

Photo: The Roaming Renegades

The most important cultural, historical and architectural monuments in the whole of Bulgaria, The Rila Monastery is a stunning and atmospheric work of art…

Source: An adventure at the stunning Rila Monastery in the Bulgarian mountains!

Nessebar: ancient city is the jewel in Bulgaria’s crown; Dorset Echo

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Nigel Dean visits the ancient city of Nessebar in Bulgaria, which boasts World Heritage Status, luxury hotels – and inexpensive prices…

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Conservation, Restoration and Adaptation of Church “St. Paraskeva“; Todor Mihaylov, Elitsa Andreeva, Emilia Kaleva & Aleksandra Vadinska; ArchDaily

Photo: Evgeni Dinev

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US Gov’t Invests USD 700 000 to Preserve St John Aliturgetos Church in Nessebar; Novinite

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US State Department is providing USD 700 000 to preserve and conserve a 14th Century medieval church, Saint John Aliguretos, in the ancient city of Nesebar, the US Embassy has announced. The grant is part of the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) and was announced by Ambassador Marcie Ries on December 2, 2014.

Source: US Gov’t Invests USD 700 000 to Preserve St John Aliturgetos Church in Nessebar – Novinite.com – Sofia News Agency

Budget-friendly Sofia, Bulgaria; Mary Spierling; San Diego Reader

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50 UNESCO natural World Heritage Sites; Houston Chronicle

Photo: Piotr Ostrowski and Mirek Osip/Dorling Kindersley

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Bulgaria Unearths Thracian Gold at the Tomb of Sveshtari; Mike Wheatley; Argophilia

Photo: Radoslav Rusinov

Archaeologists in Bulgaria have unearthed a horde of gold treasure believed to be almost 2,400 years old at an ancient Thracian burial site in the north of the country.

Source: Bulgaria Unearths Thracian Gold at the Tomb of Sveshtari

Bulgaria Marks 30 Y of Sensational Archaeological Discovery; Novinite

Photo: BGNES

Bulgaria marks Friday in the northeastern town of Isperih 30 years of the sensational discovery of the Thracian Sveshtari tomb included in the world cultural-historical heritage of UNESCO. In occasion of the anniversary, the first volunteer archaeological project is organized at the Sboryanovo site under the motto “Thracian Past – European Future” and the EU Program “Youth in Action.

Source: Bulgaria Marks 30 Y of Sensational Archaeological Discovery – Novinite.com – Sofia News Agency

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