Perched on top of a Balkan mountain peak, this strange monument, which was abandoned many years ago and now stands in ruins, has recently acquired something of a cult following.
During the Second World War Bulgaria never declared war against the Soviet Union. However, in the period 1941-1944 the Soviet Union did conduct undeclared warfare against Bulgaria, especially along the Black Sea coast where Soviet submarines torpedoed Bulgarian ships and…
About 1,500 years ago, this astonishing mosaic of a stag was part of the decoration of an elaborate baptismal pool of a church in one of the great ancient cities of what is now Bulgaria. Recently restored, the stag, along…
There is no chance anyone has crossed this pontoon bridge on their own volition. It leads to an island in the Danube, which during Communism was a political prisoners' camp.
Obviously, this is not a Paris, not even a Copenhagen, but if you dare take your eyes off the uneven pavements you will see very interesting things. Strange faces of allegories and mythic creatures look down at you. Most of…
If you have lived long enough in Bulgaria, you have probably noticed that whenever there is an odd rock formation it turns out out to be either a Thracian sanctuary or the subject of a sinister legend - usually involving…
The men of this small town on the southern slopes of the Stara Planina are known for many acts of bravery, but what they do on Orthodox Epiphany has to be seen in person to be appreciated fully.
One of the most isolated communities of Bulgarian Muslims, or Pomaks, preserves a tradition of painting brides' faces white and decorating them with shiny spangles. It is a tradition that has no parallels in Bulgaria and possibly in Europe, and…
The crusades ended in what is now Bulgaria on 10 November 1444. Following a year of bitter battles throughout the Danubian plane, the forces of the king of Poland and Hungary, Władysław III, encountered the Ottoman Sultan Murad II for…
Tucked in one of the remotest corners of the Rhodope, these two villages were put on the tourist map of Bulgaria only recently, as under Communism they were consigned to the no-go border zone. Now they are a hit for…
Many century ago parts of what is now Bulgaria were populated by a strange people called Thracians. They excelled in the arts and crafts, they drank their wine undiluted and they were brave soldiers. However, they did not have a…
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AMERICA FOR BULGARIA FOUNDATION CELEBRATES BULGARIAN SUPERHEROES

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Over 500 representatives of the Bulgarian NGO sector, entrepreneurs and diplomats attended the annual meeting of the America for Bulgaria Foundation with its grantees in Sofia, on 30 January. Everyday...

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