This is Bulgaria's first and largest university
It was founded in 1888 through the sponsorship of two Karlovo entrepreneurs, brothers Hristo and Evlogi Georgievi. Its main building was designed by French architect Henri Breanson as early as 1906, but construction never started due to the advent of the First World War.
In 1920, Bulgarian architect Yordan Milanov revised Breanson's plans and work eventually began in 1924. Breanson immediately sued for copyright, and received compensation of about 130 million golden francs. Milanov continued the work, but died two years before the building was completed. The university was officially inaugurated in 1934.
Today it offers 72 subjects in 15 faculties, and over 13,000 applicants annually compete for about 5,000 places. If you hear very good English spoken in Bulgaria you are likely to be conversing with a graduate of this university.
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