Wednesday, 08 June 2016 14:33

THE BULGARIANS*

We, Bulgarians, usually identify ourselves as such with the "I am a Bulgarian Youth" poem by Ivan Vazov. Later on, unless you go on to become a member of a nationalist party, you don't feel any particular need to remind yourself of "I am a Bulgarian." Such a statement, despite its straightforwardness, could invoke a measure of uncertainty, like the invisible steps on the front cover of this book. It is not because you could be something else than a Bulgarian, but because the affirmation presupposes a previous agreement between yourself and your compatriots about what it is that makes you Bulgarian and what makes Bulgarians a community.
This is a difficult task that quickly entangles you in bookish definitions that will likely obfuscate rather than illuminate the issue of who you are.

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Wednesday, 08 June 2016 14:11

VALLEY OF THRACIAN KINGS

The Valley of the Roses: until recently, the picturesque valley stretching between the ranges of the Stara Planina and the Sredna Gora mountains was known by this name, at it was the centre for the production of the expensive attar of roses.

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Wednesday, 11 May 2016 12:32

BACHKOVO MONASTERY

Perched on an outcrop of rock above the Chaya River in the Rhodope, Bachkovo Monastery is a place packed with all the hallmarks of Bulgarian-ness. Its mediaeval ossuary preserves the only mural portrait of a Bulgarian king. The last patriarch before Bulgaria fell under the Ottomans, Evtimiy of Tarnovo, is believed to have been exiled and to have died there. The fortress-like complex is one of the finest architectural creations of the Bulgarian national revival period, and some of the frescoes are by Zahariy Zograf, the most prominent Bulgarian artist of the 19th Century.

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Saturday, 09 April 2016 13:13

OLD PLOVDIV FOREVER

Revival Period mansions, churches form one of Bulgaria's most recognisable cityscapes

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Monday, 07 March 2016 15:07

BULGARIA'S ODD SCULPTURES

Strange man-made constructions dot Bulgaria – if you know where to look

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Wednesday, 23 December 2015 11:18

TROYAN MONASTERY

Picturesque site inspires philosophical questions

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Thursday, 03 December 2015 14:22

RILA MONASTERY

Bulgaria's top attraction holds hidden gems, stories

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Thursday, 05 November 2015 13:06

BEST VILLAGE CHURCHES IN BULGARIA

Countryside abounds with lesser known temples carrying genuine spiritual atmosphere

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Thursday, 19 February 2015 12:24

WHO WAS KOLYU FICHETO?

The most famous of Bulgarian architects lived in the 19th Century

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Wednesday, 18 February 2015 14:15

CHURCHES OF ARBANASI

Technicolor murals, claustrophobic spaces and 'miracle-working' icons coexist in one of Bulgaria's most popular traditional villages

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