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Svishtov marks 144th anniversary since liberation

The Aleko Konstantinov museum-house in Svishtov
Photo: BGNES

Svishtov marked the 144th anniversary of its liberation with three days of various initiatives, including cultural events. The culmination of the celebrations was a military ritual held at the Pametnitsite (monuments) locality.

A concert will be held tonight called “The heroes of Svishtov – in the past and now”, after which the town’s mayor Gencho Genchev will bestow “For merit” honorary distinctions.

During the Russo-Turkish War (1876 -1878), after the Russian army landed on the Bulgarian bank of the Danube on the night of 26 June, 1877, Svishtov became the first town in the country to be liberated. The beginnings of local town government in Bulgaria can be traced back to 16 July, 1877, when Svishtov was designated province town with first governor Naiden Gerov, whose office was set up in the house where renowned writer Aleko Konstantinov was born. A town council was set up in Svishtov under the control of the governor and the regional governor. 

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