An interesting side effect of the construction of dams was that sometimes whole villages had to be resettled because they would be submerged by the rising waters. There are quite a few of these and sometimes, when the waters recede, bemused visitors can see remnants of the buildings surreally jutting out of lakes and reservoirs.
There are dozens of street clocks in this city, from fin-de-siècle masterpieces to electronic devices commercially erected in public spaces. Here we show you one that, until very recently, was rarely if ever seen by the general public.
That village, deep in the heart of the Strandzha, was declared a national heritage site as early as 1982. It is renowned for its period wooden houses, its interesting church and its balmy climate that is neither too hot nor too cold.
Erected on a Central Balkan mountain ridge offering fantastic vistas to both the southern Balkan fields and its hilly outreaches into Northern Bulgaria, this site is home to Communism's grandest and possibly least useful monument. Erected in the early 1980s on the site where a 19th Century social democrat founded what would evolve into Bulgaria's Communist Party, the building has sometimes been described as a flying saucer epitomising the megalomania of Bulgaria's erstwhile rulers.
70 years ago, on 10 March 1943, Bulgaria's pro-Nazi government decided to defy Berlin and halt the deportation of Bulgaria's 50.000 Jews. This was down to the actions of one man - Dimitar Peshev. Just two years later he faced Communist justice and found himself on trial for his life. His niece Kaluda Kiradjieva remembers